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Reynolds, Love named in Bathurst 12 Hour team

DAVID Reynolds and Jordan Love will join Tony Bates for next month’s Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour aboard a Volante Rosso Motorsport Mercedes.

Reynolds and Bates raced together in the 2022 edition with Cam Waters, a tyre issue restricting them to 11th.

That came aboard Bates’ Audi R8 LMS, the Melbourne-based businessman having also raced a Porsche and Aston Martin in previous years at Bathurst.

“It’s exciting and refreshing for me heading to the Bathurst 12 Hour this year,” Bates said.

“The transition to Mercedes-AMG was a big decision however I felt it was time for a change in surroundings this year both with team and car.

“I’ve been with Audi for several years and I love the car and MPC (Melbourne Performance Centre) were great to race with, but I felt it was time for a change. New environment, new car has reinvigorated me after a tough 2022 on and off the field.

“To say I am excited is an understatement. I’m champing at the bit to start 2023 and there’s no better way than the B12hr.”

Love, the older brother of Blanchard Racing Team Super2 driver Aaron, has forged a career abroad racing in Mercedes-AMG machinery.

It will be his second time in a Mount Panorama GT race in less than three months, having contested a three-hour encounter as part of the Bathurst International in a Volante Rosso Mercedes.

“This will be my first 12 Hour in a GT3 car and I’m super excited,” he said.

“I’ve done it a few times bit not in a GT3 car. To do it in a car I’ve gained quite a lot of experience in will be good. I got a teaser at the end of last year in the three-hour so I’m pretty pumped to be heading there.

“To have the 12 Hour back at the start of the year where it belongs and with a strong field is going to be great.

“To be teaming up with Batesy and Reynolds means we’ve not only got a strong line-up, but will have a good time doing it too. I’m super pumped.

“The car was mega at the three-hour and I got a long with everyone at the team really well. They’re a great bunch of guys and I’m super keen to be back with them for a second race at the big one.”

As for Reynolds, he described the outing as a dream start to the year.

“I think I kind of understand (the Mercedes-AMG GT3) more than the Audi – the AMG I’ve been relatively speedy in before,” said the Supercars ace.

“It might suit Tony a bit better as well. Having Jordan Love come in as the gun for hire means he’ll probably do most and I’ll just do the afternoon shift and enjoy it!

“Batesy is awesome, we’ve been good friends for a long time. To share a car with him is fun, he’s a great storyteller and good to hang out with. 

“Pro-Am is about the Amateur racing and no so much about the Pro, it’s all about setup for the Am, give him a comfortable car to drive and work on his own racing. I really like watching that happen.”

Reynolds’ Supercars team Grove Racing will also be in action at the February 3-5 event, while the driver line-up for a second Volante Rosso entry is due to be announced in the coming days.

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