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Karl Reindler (Fair Dinkum Sheds Holden VE Commodore)

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Published on Dec 14, 2011

Karl Reindler Racing, Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000
10 October, 2011
After a frustrating start to the V8 Supercar endurance 'season' last month at Phillip Island, Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing's [FDSR] Karl Reindler and team-mate David Wall came into the iconic Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 full of anticipation with the knowledge that their Brad Jones Racing team historically have been one of the top performers at the annual classic.
"BJR always go well with race strategy [at Bathurst], they're prepared to take a risk when they need to, and they have a good understanding of timing in this race," Karl admitted pre-event.
Frustratingly for the three BJR cars (Reindler, Jason Bright and Jason Bargwanna), they, like their opponents, we forced to battle testing track conditions throughout both Thursday and Friday's sessions, with a damp circuit and at times, fog so thick that Thursday's final session was cancelled..
Karl circulated on old tyres through the wet opening session before handing over to Wall for session two, the sportscar and Development series driver turning in some solid laps on new tyres to finish the session 15th fastest.
Due to the ongoing inclement conditions, tyre supply too was becoming critical, with a number of teams forced to continue running on outdated rubber as tyre supplier Dunlop worked feverishly to resolve the issue. Sadly, the FDSR team were one of the teams who were forced to continue running the old tyres, frustrating Karl's efforts to find a good balance with the car.
"We were running around on tyres from the GP earlier this year and they'd degraded a lot, so I personally didn't gain much in my session," Karl admitted. "I know David started on the same tyres in his session and when he went to a green set he gained six seconds. Given that, I feel pretty good about my earlier times.
"I raced in the wet here in 2009 when I partnered Brighty. He put me out on slick tyres on a drying track so, compared to that, this is a walk in the park!!"
Friday's first session was for co-drivers, David turning in some strong laps on a drying track to be classified 13th,
Karl returned to the car for the final practice sessions to find a baseline setup for qualifying, the team working to dial out understeer, ultimately dropping Karl's quickest lap to a 2:09.37 on green tyres, and P21 ahead of qualifying.
Karl was full of anticipation and excitement ahead of one of the biggest qualifying sessions of the year, and with four sets of tyres at his disposal, was eager to press on and improve his practice pace. "You know you're alive when you're getting ready to qualify around here, that's for sure," he grinned prior to the session.
Set one [tyres] saw a best of 2:10.56, set two, no improvement, set three 2:09.40, again no improvement from the morning's session.
In the end Karl felt that as a group, the team might have been able to be a little more aggressive with their qualifying approach, as all three cars qualified between positions 18 and 27.. But qualifying isn't racing, and there was still 1000km ahead of them.
Some overnight suspension changes saw further improvement in the car during Saturday's practice session, but again the heavens opened midway through David's opening stint, reducing valuable dry running.
"The changes feel better, and the car had much better turn in and drive off the corners," David admitted afterwards.
By Sunday morning's early warmup session on a foggy, but dry track, both drivers admitted that the changes to the car had improved it dramatically and they felt it was the best it had been all weekend - now came the big test, 1000 kilometres of Mount Panorama!

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