AFTER reigning supreme atop the pack for over half of the Bathurst 1000, spectators have been almost sure defending champion David Reynolds was going to be topped king of the mountain for the second yr working.
But a devastating cramp in his leg, led to by dehydration from sitting in a searing scorching Commodore for hours, was the deadly blow in his near-perfect run.
The ache was so unhealthy he acquired out of his automotive late contained in the race for co-driver Luke Youlden to take over. They ended up finishing 13th as Craig Lowndes completed a fairytale win in his final visit to Mount Panorama.
Reynolds was totally shattered after departing the race with 27 laps to go, sitting contained in the crew storage collectively alongside together with his head in his arms.
The 33-year-old star opened up on the ordeal in an interview with Motorsport.com, revealing the shock he knowledgeable after feeling his first cramp inside a racecar.
“You psychoanalyse your non-public effectivity inside an inch of its life,” Reynolds mentioned.
“There was nothing mistaken with my driving, merely one issue mistaken with me. So I’ve to go to the physician and determine what actually occurred.”
Reynolds mentioned he was “notoriously unhealthy” at remembering to drink water whereas racing, admitting he’d under no circumstances felt the feeling of being dehydrated earlier than. By the time he realised on Sunday, it was too late to reverse it.
“I struggled to pay attention,” he mentioned. “It acquired worse. I had tunnel imaginative and prescient, it was all tunnel imaginative and prescient.
“They did a (windscreen) tear-off on the last word cease, I believed the present was soiled. But my imaginative and prescient didn’t get any clearer afterwards.
“I put my foot on the clutch within the midst of the cease, I put the automotive contained in the gear, and my foot was cramping hundreds. I used to be telling myself to maintain up the clutch in, nonetheless the wheels would possibly need to have been spinning. To be trustworthy I had no thought.”
Reynolds mentioned the gruelling weekend at Bathurst took its toll even earlier than lights-out on Sunday morning. The 33-year-old mentioned the warning indicators for a Bathurst breakdown have been there all by way of the qualifying stage of the weekend. He revealed he was “about 70 per cent match” on the Saturday and awoke feeling worse on race day.
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The heavy media build-up to the race — an important motorsport occasion on Australia’s calendar — may have drained him out nonetheless didn’t blame it for his exit.
“If you don’t like doing media, don’t win the Bathurst 1000,” he mentioned. “But I’ve to make my sport elevated, I’d love extra individuals to take a look at it, I’d like it to be an important sport, so I regularly say sure to each interview I’m provided.
“I under no circumstances knock it as soon as extra. I’ve acquired an exquisite story to inform, it was an unimaginable story final yr. And now we have now been making a bigger story, and all of it failed…
“I’m f**king gutted. You work your full occupation for a quick automotive at Bathurst. You solely come correct proper right here to win this race.
“I’m not contained in the wrestle for the championship, so I don’t give a f**okay about that. I used to be correct proper right here to go back-to-back, and it merely didn’t occur.”