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Bathurst 1000 Champ in Pro-Am Mercedes GT3 for 12H

Reigning Bathurst 1000 winner David Reynolds confirmed in Pro-Am-entered Mercedes-AMG GT3…

David Reynolds, the reigning Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 winner, will join John Martin, Liam Talbot and car owner Mark Griffith in a Mercedes-AMG GT3 in next month’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.

The Bathurst champion will join Griffith’s Mercedes-AMG GT3 entry that will compete for Pro-Am class honors.

Reynolds is no stranger to GT racing. The 2007 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Champion made his 12-hour debut in 2012 in a Porsche.

He returned to the race in 2016 driving an Erebus Motorsport Mercedes-AMG, finishing  fifth driving with factory AMG drivers Nico Bastian and Thomas Jaeger, prior to racing with Griffith and Dom Storey in an AMG GT3 last year.

“We had a great car with Dave last year, unfortunately we had a few little incidents which caused us to eventually retire,” Griffith said.

“This year if we can have the same kind of performance and I can stay on the same lap as the leaders then the other guys can fight to the end.

“We’re going there to do well in the Pro/Am class and in the end, that’s all we can ask. We’re not going there trying to be exciting but Bathurst is Bathurst and who knows what can happen.”

Reynolds said the 12-hour was an enjoyable experience.

“It’s probably one of the best races you go to for the year as a driver. It’s very relaxed, the cars are quite cool to drive – even though they’re nothing like what we normally drive in Supercars – it’s a lot of fun.

“And we’ve got a good chance to win our class and hopefully even challenge for outright, it’s going to be hard because we’re Pro-Am, but it’s still possible.

“All of the long-distance races you do during the year, they’re always a lot more fun. They’re super intense, but they’re also kind of relaxed at the same time. It doesn’t have the whole pressure of Supercars and what not. It’s cool.

“It’s always a good feeling when you know you’ve won at a track before. It is the best racetrack in Australia; any chance you get to drive it, it doesn’t matter if you’re in a taxi or an Uber, you love it.”

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