David Reynolds claimed victory in the final of the four Supercars races at the Albert Park Formula 1 meeting, but it was fellow Holden driver Jamie Whincup who claimed the overall victory to secure the inaugural Larry Perkins Trophy.
For Reynolds, the win was a great way to bounce back from the disappointment of the previous round at Adelaide where he had let victory slip from his grasp after failing to defend an attack from Shane van Gisbergen.
Reynolds’ task was made easier by a late-race Safety Car intervention which thwarted any possible challenge from Brad Jones Racing Commodore driver Nick Percat, and third placed Whincup.
“It was a pretty good race,” Reynolds said. “I got a good start and kind of just led the race from there. Everything went from there, there was no dramas. From the battle we had yesterday in the wet and dry conditions, it was a good way to finish.”
The previous day Scott Pye scored not only what was his first Supercars race win but also the first for the newly formed Walkinshaw Andretti United Holden Commodore team. Pye had started third on the grid in the third race of the weekend, and assumed the lead when Scott McLaughlin slid off on the second lap.
McLaughlin and Whincup won the weekend’s opening two races respectively, with Whincup’s consistency across the four races enough to earn him the overall win.
Adelaide winner van Gisbergen continues to lead the championship on 486 points, 49 points clear of Reynolds. McLaughlin is third on 425, nine points ahead of Falcon driver Chaz Mostert. Pye is fifth on 397, ahead of Whincup’s 379.
Next round of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship is at Symmons Plains on April 7-8.