PENRITE RACING LOCKS IN BATHURST 1000-WINNING CO-DRIVER
David Reynolds will reunite with co-driver Luke Youlden
The 2017 Bathurst 1000-winning dream team will reunite and return to the mountain for 2021’s running of the Great Race as Luke Youlden joins Penrite Racing to partner David Reynolds in the #26 Penrite Racing Ford Mustang.
Luke has been David’s co-driver in three Bathurst 1000s, highlighted by a victory in 2017 on Luke’s eighteenth attempt at the Great Race with a victory that marked the first win at the mountain for both drivers.
“I’m really excited to be joining Dave and the team at Penrite Racing for Bathurst this year. It’s an interesting and exciting time to be joining the team, there’s obviously been a lot of change at Kelly Grove Racing which seems to be extremely positive and the team is really ambitious,” Luke said.
“Winning Bathurst with Dave in 2017 was one of the highlights of my career, it’s something that I’ll never forget so obviously I’m really looking forward to giving it another crack this year after watching from the sidelines in 2020.
“Myself and Dave obviously have history, we know how each other work and I’m used to driving the car the way that Dave has it setup so I think we’ll be able to gel together really well and hopefully have a strong result. We definitely have experience on our side, together we’ll probably be one of the most experienced combinations that’ll race at Bathurst which is cool.”
Luke is one of the most experienced co-drivers in the field, with a total of 20 Bathurst 1000 starts to his name and will race in the Porsche Carrera Cup this year, allowing him to stay race fit throughout the season.
The team will also field Luke at its passenger ride events throughout the year to give him the opportunity to adapt to the Penrite Racing Ford Mustang ahead of his debut in an official capacity at Bathurst in October.
“We’ve got the dream team back together and it feels awesome. Luke and I shared some great memories together when we won the Bathurst 1000 in 2017, which is still one of the greatest moments of my life. I’ve enjoyed driving with him and he’s a great guy, so it was only right we recruit him for Bathurst again this year,” David said.
“Luke will be doing quite a lot of racing this year which is great for him and it means we know he’ll be race ready when it comes time to get in the car for Bathurst. With how good the co-driver field is these days it’s hard to turn up having not raced all year and give it a crack so with his regular Porsche meetings I think he’ll turn up confident and raring to go.”
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