Home track knowledge a boost for Reindler V8 Supercar rookie Karl Reindler will be looking to take full advantage of his Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing team's home track knowledge at Winton Motor Raceway this weekend. The rural Victorian circuit...
Home track knowledge a boost for Reindler
V8 Supercar rookie Karl Reindler will be looking to take full advantage of his Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing team's home track knowledge at Winton Motor Raceway this weekend.
The rural Victorian circuit plays host to Races 11 and 12 of the 2010 championship, and is only a stone's throw away from the team's home base in Albury.
"It definitely should be an advantage for us," said Reindler of racing at Winton. "Testing is pretty limited these days, but team has been here for a long time, so the bank of data they have is very good.
"For me, this is the only round this year where I'll turn up having had experience at the track with this car. A lot of guys test here, so it's not an astronomical advantage, but for me it will be quite useful."
Reindler will be looking to build on increasingly competitive performances in recent rounds -- an improvement the Western Australian partially credits to a growing bond with his engineer Andrew Edwards.
"Our relationship has really developed since we first worked together in pre-season testing at Winton in February," said Reindler. "The driver-engineer dynamic is just so important, so building our communication techniques has been a major focus for the first part of the year.
"Even if you put the best driver in the best car, unless the engineer and driver understand each other very well, they're going to struggle. I really learnt that when I was over in Europe racing Formula 3, and it's been further emphasised here by the closeness of the entire field. You only have to be one shock absorber click away to be nowhere, so having Andrew knowing what I need from the car, and understanding my feedback is so critical."
With a stated aim of learning the unique art of driving V8 Supercars the best he can this season, Reindler has benefited greatly from having two of the most experienced drivers in the field as team-mates - Jason Bright and Jason Richards.
"The two Jason's have been fantastic," said Reindler. "We've got a really good structure in the team with the drivers and engineering group. Everybody is happy to share their information and bounce ideas off of each other.
"Each of us has our own style of driving, so to be able to sit down together and break the lap down, corner by corner and compare can yield some pretty good gains. It's the tiny fractions you pick up that count.
"Obviously I'm not expecting to match my team-mates right now -- they've got a combined 18 seasons behind them, and this is my first, but they're a great benchmark. There's no particular area that I feel I'm lacking at the moment compared to the other guys, so it's all about taking small steps.
"The braking technique is really proving something to get used to though. Obviously they're heavy cars that don't stop like a Formula 3 or an A1 Grand Prix car that I've driven before, but there's so much more to it than that. The way you synchronise the gearbox into the slowing down process, the way you trail brake them into the corners... it all takes time to get the feel. Then you throw the soft tyre on it and the whole thing changes, so it's a great challenge."
Reindler has also enjoyed a pre-Albert Park switch to Noonan Race Engines, having started the season with a Walkinshaw Racing motor.
"It's been good to step up to the same equipment as what Jason Bright and Jason Richards have. While there's not a lot in it in terms of outright horsepower, the Noonan engine is really well balanced in the way it delivers its power -- by comparison the old engine was very aggressive down low in the rev range.
"While the engine packaging these days meant it took a fair bit of work for the guys to convert the cars over to the new engine, it doesn't make a lot of difference in term of handling."
Reindler has been busy between rounds, with a week in his native Perth catching up on his Mechanical Engineering studies at Curtain University being followed by 'meet and greet' sessions with title sponsor Fair Dinkum Homes & Sheds.
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