David Reynolds won’t be a Prodrive Racing Australia driver in 2016, the team confirming today that he is a free agent for 2016.
With Reynolds’s contract running out at the end of 2015, his future has been in the balance for the entire season so far. It has been a seesawing saga, complicated by soon-to-be development series champion Cameron Waters waiting in the wings.
It has finally been sorted, however, with the team confirming that Reynolds is free to look for another drive for next season.
“We have been discussing next season with Dave, and as we were not yet in a position to confirm if we will have a place for him, he asked to be allowed to explore the possibility of driving for another team in 2016,” said Prodrive part-owner Rod Nash.
“He appreciates our position and we also understand his, but whatever happens everyone in the team is supportive of Dave securing a good position for a 2016 drive as he has fitted in well during his four years with the whole PRA team while driving The Bottle-O #55 car.
“Dave is a great character and can turn on the funny charm at times which makes him easy to get along with. He also takes his racing seriously and it has been great for him, especially in 2015, to really show his great capability as a front-running driver.”
The timing isn’t great for Reynolds. He is understood to have missed two deadlines to sign with Brad Jones Racing as Fabian Coulthard’s replacement – a seat that will now go to Tim Slade – while hanging out to see if he could stay with Prodrive.
Despite the poor timing and the dwindling opportunities for next season, Reynolds says there are no hard feelings between he and the team.
“The team knows racing is my career so I need to give myself the best chance of having a drive next year and beyond,” Reynolds said.
“I have been hanging out to try and stay at Prodrive Racing but there are so many factors that go into these things and I appreciate they aren’t yet in a position to confirm whether I am staying or not.
“We both know where we stand so there are no hard feelings.”
Reynolds’s best option of a full-time drive seems to be with Erebus Motorsport, which the recent news that the team’s current lead driver Will Davison is off to Tekno next year.