It was a race to remember for David Reynolds and Penrite Racing as he held off a serious challenge from Brodie Kostecki to take victory in a memorable Gold Coast street fight.
It was a dramatic final stanza to Race 26 as Reynolds emerged from the final pit stop shuffle in the lead, but Kostecki’s Coca-Cola Racing by Erebus Camaro provided plenty of pressure until he dived down the inside with 14 laps to go to snatch the lead.
Kostecki appeared to be on his way to victory until he ran wide at Turn 11 allowing Reynolds through to take back the lead. A late safety car actioned after James Golding spun his Nulon Racing Camaro and contacted Scott Pye’s Hino Trucks example during his recovery closed up the battle.
Controversy came at the first chicane of the final lap as David Reynolds straight lined it preventing an attack at Turn 4 from Kostecki.
Third was Cam Waters after he recovered from his mistake in the Top 10 Shootout as he climbed from seventh in a steady display.
Penrite Racing enjoyed a double top five result as rookie Matt Payne held off Red Bull Ampol Racing’s Shane van Gisbergen for fourth.
Golding followed in sixth from Castrol Racing’s Thomas Randle, Broc Feeney, DEWALT Racing driver Mark Winterbottom and Bryce Fullwood for Middy’s Racing completed the top 10.
Retirements included Tim Slade, Macauley Jones and James Courtney in an opening lap scuffle as the latter contacted his teammate Declan Fraser in addition to Scott Pye.
Will Brown was 11th as Chaz Mostert was the biggest loser in 13th, with Cameron Hill climbing 10 positions to be 15th from Will Davison, Andre Heimgartner and Anton De Pasquale visited the pits to be 21st.
Adelaide hosts the Repco Supercars Championship finale on November 23-26.