Following reigning supreme atop the pack for in excess of fifty percent of the Bathurst 1000, spectators were being practically specific defending winner David Reynolds was likely to be topped king of the mountain for the 2nd calendar year managing.
But a devastating cramp in his leg, introduced about by dehydration from sitting down in a searing warm Commodore for hrs, was the lethal blow in his in close proximity to-fantastic operate.
The agony was so terrible he obtained out of his auto late in the race for co-driver Luke Youlden to choose in excess of. They ended up finishing 13th as Craig Lowndes completed a fairytale win in his final visit to Mount Panorama.
Reynolds was certainly shattered immediately after departing the race with 27 laps to go, sitting down in the workforce garage with his head in his fingers.
The 33-calendar year-previous star opened up on the ordeal in an job interview with Motorsport.com, revealing the shock he professional immediately after emotion his 1st cramp inside of a racecar.
“You psychoanalyse your have overall performance within just an inch of its daily life,” Reynolds explained.
“There was practically nothing incorrect with my driving, just a little something incorrect with me. So I need to have to go to the medical professional and determine out what in fact took place.”
Reynolds explained he was “notoriously bad” at remembering to consume h2o whilst racing, admitting he’d in no way felt the feeling of becoming dehydrated ahead of. By the time he realised on Sunday, it was far too late to reverse it.
“I struggled to focus,” he explained. “It obtained even worse. I experienced tunnel eyesight, it was all tunnel eyesight.
“They did a (windscreen) tear-off at the very last quit, I considered the display screen was soiled. But my eyesight did not get any clearer later on.
“I place my foot on the clutch all through the quit, I place the auto in the equipment, and my foot was cramping so significantly. I was telling myself to hold the clutch in, but the wheels should have been spinning. To be sincere I experienced no thought.”
Reynolds explained the gruelling weekend at Bathurst took its toll even ahead of lights-out on Sunday early morning. The 33-calendar year-previous explained the warning indications for a Bathurst breakdown were being there all by the qualifying phase of the weekend. He uncovered he was “about 70 for each cent fit” on the Saturday and woke up emotion even worse on race working day.
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The significant media create-up to the race — the major motorsport occasion on Australia’s calendar — could have worn out him out but did not blame it for his exit.
“If you never like executing media, never acquire the Bathurst 1000,” he explained. “But I want to make my activity greater, I want a lot more persons to check out it, I want it to be the major activity, so I often say sure to each job interview I’m provided.
“I in no way knock it again. I have obtained a excellent tale to inform, it was a good tale very last calendar year. And we were being creating a greater tale, and it all unsuccessful…
“I’m f**king gutted. You do the job your entire occupation for a speedy auto at Bathurst. You only appear below to acquire this race.
“I’m not in the battle for the championship, so I never give a f**k about that. I was below to go again-to-again, and it just did not take place.”