Sudden End to a Solid Weekend

Karl Reindler

REVIEW: Karl Reindler Racing, Australian F1GP, Albert Park, Melbourne
V8 Supercars (non-Championship) - March 15-18

Coming into the non-Championship 'Albert Park Challenge' as part of the 2012 Australian Formula One Grand Prix event in Melbourne, Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing's [FDSR] Karl Reindler was really looking forward to further developing his relationship with his new team, and getting more competitive miles under his belt ahead of the second round of the V8 Supercar Championship in Tasmania at the end of the month.

Despite a tough weekend in Adelaide, Karl had made his best ever start to the season, and is holding down P21 in the championship, he admitted however that his biggest challenge at Clipsal was coming to terms with his new crew at Kelly Racing and adapting to a car which was very different to drive than the cars he'd campaigned in past seasons. For the AGP weekend though it was all about miles and continuing to build that all important bond with his new team.

 

 

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"It's always nice to get more competitive miles under your belt and get the chance to test and develop the car without it impacting your championship position," Karl admitted prior to the AGP.

Opening practice saw immediate advances for the Fair Dinkum Sheds team, with Karl holding down position 14, just three tenths off team-leader Todd Kelly. Session two saw further advances, Karl improving to P13 ahead of the new qualifying format.

"It was a good day today and I believe we've made a lot of gains with the Fair Dinkum Sheds Commodore.

"We've tried so many different things. We went into qualifying feeling pretty confident with 14th and 13th in the two practice sessions.

"When we put on the first set of tyres I was reasonably happy with the balance of the car, although we had a few braking issues.

"We were waiting until the end of the session to put the second set of new tyres on and we had traffic hold us up, and then the red flag came out and we didn't have a chance to better our time.

"Our position doesn't reflect what our car is capable of so we should make up some spots in the race tomorrow and keep progressing back into the top 15 and beyond."

A new format was introduced for the opening race, based on establishing a starting grid for races two, three and four. All cars started from their respective qualifying positions, with any spots made up contributing to a gain in starting position, with one important addition.. three cars per lap were dropped from the rear of the field during the race between laps three and eight. Confused? So too were a number of the fans on the hill, and with the limited overtaking opportunities, it was hard for anyone to make an improvement, yet despite just a handful of laps at his disposal, Karl managed to gain two positions before he was forced to pit.
During race two on Friday afternoon he made further improvement to record an 18th placed finish, before Saturday afternoons third race.

A strong start saw Karl mid-pack, which on any other day would have provided a foundation for an assault on the top ten, but by turn three, carnage at the front of the field soon ended that opportunity after former champion James Courtney turned reigning champion Jamie Whincup across the path of the field in turn four. Karl was one of the first to arrive on the scene in an incident that ultimately claimed half a dozen cars and ended his race weekend.

"It's really disappointing to get involved in that big accident on lap one," said Karl Reindler.

"My head is okay but my neck is just a little bit sore. I just feel for the boys who now have to put my Fair Dinkum Sheds Commodore back together.

"It's a non-championship event so it's the last thing you need. It probably could have been avoided.

"Someone has obviously turned (Jamie) Whincup around and on a corner like that at the start you really don't have much option. I came around the corner and he was right there in front of me, I had no time and no choice but to hit him."

Whilst the FDSR Commodore returned to it's Braeside [Melbourne] base, Karl stayed on at the circuit to support his Kelly Racing team-mates and watch the final race on Sunday afternoon.

"It's never fun to watch a race from the sidelines when you should be out on track competing," he admitted with frustration.

"My Fair Dinkum Sheds Commodore is already back at Kelly Racing getting repaired for Tasmania, so we will put yesterday's crash behind us and move on.

"We were showing good progress this weekend and moving in the right direction, so I'm really looking forward to Symmons Plains in two weeks time."

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2012 Qantas AGP - Qualifying
1. Jamie Whincup (Triple 8 Commodore)
2. Mark Winterbottom (FPR Falcon)
3. Shane Van Gisbergen (SBR Falcon)
4. Will Davison (FPR Falcon)
5. Craig Lowndes (Triple 8 Commodore)

23. Karl Reindler (FDSR Commodore)

2012 Qantas AGP - Qualifying Race One
1. Mark Winterbottom (FPR Falcon)
2. Jamie Whincup (Triple 8 Commodore)
3. Shane Van Gisbergen (SBR Falcon)
4. Will Davison (FPR Falcon)
5. David Reynolds (FPR Falcon)

21. Karl Reindler (FDSR Commodore)

2012 Qantas AGP - Race Two
1. Mark Winterbottom (FPR Falcon) - 12 laps
2. Shane Van Gisbergen (SBR Falcon)
3. Will Davison (FPR Falcon)
4. Garth Tander (HRT Commodore)
5. Jamie Whincup (Triple 8 Commodore)

18. Karl Reindler (FDSR Commodore)

2012 Qantas AGP - Race Three
1. Mark Winterbottom (FPR Falcon) - 7 laps
2. Garth Tander (HRT Commodore)
3. Will Davison (FPR Falcon)
4. Shane Van Gisbergen (SBR Falcon)
5. Fabian Coulthard (BJR Commodore)

DNF. Karl Reindler (FDSR Commodore)

2012 Qantas AGP - Race Four
1. Shane Van Gisbergen (SBR Falcon) - 15 laps
2. Garth Tander (HRT Commodore)
3. Fabian Coulthard (BJR Commodore)
4. Will Davison (FPR Falcon)
5. Mark Winterbottom (FPR Falcon)
DNS. Karl Reindler (FDSR Commodore)

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2012 V8 Supercar Championship
1. Will Davison (Ford) - 288 points
2. Jamie Whincup (Holden) - 270
3. Garth Tander (Holden) - 258
4. Mark Winterbottom (Ford) - 222
5. Craig Lowndes (Holden) - 206
6. Lee Holdsworth (Holden) - 201
7. Fabian Coulthard (Holden) - 186
8. Shane Van Gisbergen (Ford) - 174
9. Rick Kelly (Holden) - 168
10. Tim Slade (Ford) - 147

21. Karl Reindler (Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Holden) - 90
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2012 V8 Supercar Championship Series Calendar
Event 01 - Clipsal 500, Adelaide (March 1-4)
Non-champ. - Australian F1 Grand Prix (March 15-18)
Event 02 - Tasmania Challenge (March 30-April 1)
Event 03 - ITM 400, Hamilton, NZ (April 20-22)
Event 04 - Trading Post Perth Challenge (May 4-6)
Event 05 - Phillip Island, VIC (May 18-20)
Event 06 - Skycity Triple Crown, Darwin (June 15-17)
Event 07 - Sucrogen Townsville 400 (July 6-8)
Event 08 - Coates Hire Ipswich 300 (August 3-5)
Event 09 - Winton Motor Raceway, VIC (August 24-26)
Event 10 - Sandown 500 (September 14-16)
Event 11 - Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, NSW (October 4-7)
Event 12 - Armor All Gold Coast 600 (October 19-21)
Event 13 - Yas Marina V8 400 (November 2-4)
Event 14 - tbc (November 9-11)
Event 15 - Sydney Telstra 500 (November 30-December 2)

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