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Reynolds talks life at Team 18

THEY say people are the key to a successful business.

Well, Team 18 has no shortage of proven winners in its ranks entering the 2024 Repco Supercars Championship.

Owner Charlie Schwerkolt, incoming team principal Adrian Burgess, engineer Richard Hollway, crew chief Dennis Huijser and drivers Mark Winterbottom and David Reynolds have all scaled heights in conquering either the Supercars championship or Bathurst 1000 (or both) in their respective careers.

Burgess and Reynolds are new-for-2024 additions. Burgess’ tenure starts Thursday, while Reynolds has already settled in smoothly at the Mount Waverley squad.

“I have been there a couple of times and so far I absolutely love the place,” the 38-year-old told V8 Sleuth.

“It’s got a very good vibe, a very good feel, very relaxed, it’s just really cool.

“It has got a really good feeling about it so I’m looking forward to spending the next few years with these guys and see how good we can go.”

Reynolds brings plenty of momentum with him, having finished 2023 as the form driver, scoring podiums in each of his final four starts with Grove Racing.

That’s taken his career tallies to eight wins and 45 top threes – figures he’s ultra-motivated to add to, aboard his #20 Tradie Camaro.

“Hopefully we can have a really good test day, go to Bathurst, have a really good Bathurst and see where we can end up,” said Reynolds.

“Obviously the last team I left was heavy in engineering… and the team I’m joining, they’re a little bit light on engineers but I feel like the heart is huge and the will to win is deep.

“I honestly can’t wait for the year to start.”

David Reynolds. Pic: Team 18

Reynolds and Schwerkolt are familiar to one another having crossed paths when the latter ran a customer car out of Prodrive Racing Australia, sharing a garage with Reynolds.

“I really rated him back then, a really good person, a really happy character, very enthusiastic, loves our sport and loves motor racing,” Reynolds said of Schwerkolt.

“I have sort of stayed in touch with him since then and over the years we have become friends and our families have become friends.

“This opportunity came up and I jumped at it.

“I have known Charlie for a long time, really like his attitude, really like him as a person, really enthusiastic, always very positive. I feel like he is a really good person to bring everyone together.”

Team 18 is set to launch its 2024 liveries on February 6, the day before it goes pre-season testing at Winton.

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