Reynolds joins mixed tyre rule critics

David Reynolds says he "doesn't rate" the mixed tyre compound rules that Supercars debuted at Sydney Motorsport Park last weekend.

Reynolds joins mixed tyre rule critics

Drivers were forced to nurse two sets of soft compound Dunlops and three sets of hards across three qualifying sessions and three sprint races, creating a scenario where each had to make sacrifices at points across the weekend.

While the regulations provided plenty of passing and a brand new race winner in Tickford's Jack Le Brocq, there have been some high-profile critics like Scott McLaughlin and Erebus boss Barry Ryan about the legitimacy of the competition.

Bathurst 1000 winner Reynolds has now joined the chorus of doubters, his concern that there was too much emphasis on rubber throughout the weekend.

"It was one of those weekends when we were trying to set up the car, but all we were talking about was what tyres we were going to run," he said on the latest episode of the Below the Bonnet podcast.

"It was just weird. I didn't really like it to be honest. I much prefer the [previous SMP] round when everyone had the same tyres, just one less set than what we needed to get through the weekend. This one there was hard and softs and one less set again. I didn't really rate it, to be fair."

"I thought it would be good, but there was two different races happening. There were people who chose hards and there was a race going on there, and then there were the soft and hard people, and then the soft/soft people. So there was actually three different races going on.

"You've almost got to say you've got to use two compounds in each race or something like that. There's people throwing all their fast tyres on in one race, and it looks like they won a race. It looks like they had a good weekend, but their other results are in the 20s.

"It doesn't look like a proper race weekend, or the person who won the race doesn't look like they deserved it. There's a strange feeling towards it."

Reynolds also didn't shy away from the role a lack of car speed played in his disappointing weekend haul of a 14th, and 11th and a fourth from the three races.

"We didn't have a good weekend, our cars don't really suit those types of tracks," he admitted.

"Every time we go to [Sydney Motorsport Park] we always struggle. It's just one of those tracks where the surface is really bad, the corners are kind of odd corners, they're long and you spend a lot of time in there. I don't know, our cars just don't really rate it."

For more on formats, SMP, the ongoing border race and more, check out the latest episode of Below the Bonnet with David Reynolds, Michael Caruso and Andrew van Leeuwen.

 
shares
comments
Network 10 won't renew Supercars TV deal
Previous article

Network 10 won't renew Supercars TV deal

Next article

Bathurst 1000 camping tickets put on hold

Bathurst 1000 camping tickets put on hold
Why Courtney and Tickford are a dream match Prime

Why Courtney and Tickford are a dream match

James Courtney has been around the block in his motorsport career it's fair to say. After a single-seater career cut short, he's won everything there is to win in Supercars. Following a rocky ride recently in the Australian category, he's found a happy hunting ground with Tickford Racing.

Supercars
Oct 21, 2021
How taming his temper shaped Supercars' slow-burn star Prime

How taming his temper shaped Supercars' slow-burn star

His decision to leave Brad Jones Racing was the biggest shock of the Australian Supercars silly season so far. But for Nick Percat, it comes as the culmination of a personal journey that has made him into one of the most rounded drivers in the series, now in search of a seat that can make him a champion

Supercars
Sep 17, 2021
Why replacing Supercars' GOAT with a teenager is worth the risk for T8 Prime

Why replacing Supercars' GOAT with a teenager is worth the risk for T8

On the face of it, picking an 18-year-old rookie to replace arguably the greatest Supercars driver of all time is a risky move. But as Jamie Whincup takes up a team principal role and hands his car to Broc Feeney, it's one that he is confident will be rewarded in the fullness of time - time which wasn't afforded to Whincup in his early days

Supercars
Sep 1, 2021
How Randle went from fighting cancer to battling for Supercars contention Prime

How Randle went from fighting cancer to battling for Supercars contention

After his fledgling career was paused by a battle with testicular cancer, Thomas Randle then had to wrestle with finding a drive in Supercars after he got the all-clear. It's been a long road for the Melbourne native but, after two lengthy battles, he's finally got a full-time drive to look forward to

Supercars
Jun 29, 2021
How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle Prime

How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle

With Supercars’ Gen3 era on the horizon, a shift is set to take place – in more ways than one – but, as has become clear in recent weeks, the plan to bin the stick and use paddles with electronic assisted shift has been met with fierce opposition

Supercars
May 24, 2021
Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske? Prime

Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske?

Roger Penske's whirlwind Australian Supercars sojourn is over. After six seasons, three drivers' titles, three teams' championships and a Bathurst 1000 crown, The Captain has sold his controlling stake in Dick Johnson Racing back to the squad and walked away from the category.

Supercars
Feb 26, 2021
Can Whincup be Triple Eight's ruthless leader? Prime

Can Whincup be Triple Eight's ruthless leader?

Supercars' most successful team of the past 15 years is set for a radical shakeup next year when Jamie Whincup retires from driving and takes over the reins at Triple Eight. But does he have what it takes to be the new Roland Dane?

Supercars
Feb 8, 2021
Why Supercars now needs a new "human salt harvester" Prime

Why Supercars now needs a new "human salt harvester"

Scott McLaughlin has been a controversial figure in Supercars over the past few years but, as he heads off to a fresh challenge in IndyCar, the Australian tin-top series needs to find someone else to fill his drama-filled boots as the category enters a new era...

Supercars
Nov 3, 2020