Reindler set for Townsville experience Karl Reindler is looking forward to his first visit to the Sucrogen Townsville 400 this weekend, after the inaugural 2009 event proved to be one of the highlights of the V8 Supercars year. The 25 year old...
Reindler set for Townsville experience
Karl Reindler is looking forward to his first visit to the Sucrogen Townsville 400 this weekend, after the inaugural 2009 event proved to be one of the highlights of the V8 Supercars year.
The 25 year old West Australian is a known street circuit fan, having already raced at some of the world's premier temporary race tracks including Macau (China), and Pau (France).
Last year's Townsville event attracted some 168,000 spectators, and had members of the V8 Supercar fraternity raving about the Far North Queensland venue.
"I've only been told good things about the Townsville event," said Reindler. "It looked brilliant on TV last year, but I'm expecting the atmosphere of actually being there to be something else again.
"We saw in 2009 that, as with other smaller cities like Adelaide, the whole town gets behind the event and puts on a really good show."
Reindler's rookie V8 Supercars season has seen already seen him race on the streets of Adelaide, Melbourne, and Hamilton (New Zealand). With the V8 Supercars racing on seven temporary and eight permanent tracks in 2010, Reindler says he has been enjoying the mixture of circuits.
"From a driver's point of view, it's great to have so many different race tracks in the championship," he said.
"We're lucky to have a lot of great permanent tracks in this country, but the growth of the street events has really allowed us to bring our sport to the people. Races like Townsville are great from an interaction point of view -- we do as many fan and media events as we can throughout the week.
"It's a great opportunity for the fans to get a real taste of how V8 Supercars operate, a chance to meet the drivers and actually have a good chat to them. While it's very serious on track, there's a kind of relaxed attitude at events like this which make them thoroughly enjoyable."
While praise for last year's Townsville race has been easy to come by, Reindler has also been doing his usual thorough research as he prepares to face the track itself for the first time. With access to Brad Jones Racing's data and onboard footage from last year's event, Reindler is confident of a positive first-time showing in the Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Commodore.
"I think our cars will suit the Townsville circuit quite well," he said. "The grip level was reasonably high last year, and some recent resurfacing should make it even quicker.
"There are a variety of different corners to set the car up for. It seems to have a few sections taken from other circuits we've raced at - the first part of the lap has the traditional Adelaide-style street circuit corners, and then it starts to open up a bit with some flowing sections, a bit more like Albert Park.
"Friday practice is going to be very crucial in finding a well balanced setup before qualifying on Saturday morning. There are a lot of very experienced engineers in the Fair Dinkum Sheds team that love challenges like this, so we're all really looking forward to it."
The 2010 Sucrogen Townsville 400 will kick off with four practice sessions on Friday, before qualifying and twin 200km races are held across the weekend. All running will be done on Dunlop's harder compound 'control' tyre.
Karl Reindler is proudly supported by Brad Jones Racing, Fair Dinkum Homes & Sheds, No Fear, Oakley, Biante, Thomson Aviation and Bostech Drilling.
-source: Karl Reindler