FORD driver David Reynolds put the disappointment of a narrow defeat at Bathurst last year behind him to record his maiden V8 Supercars win at the Gold Coast 600 yesterday.
The 28-year-old, who started the day on pole position, secured the lead in fortunate circumstances with 20 laps remaining when James Courtney was forced to retire after a steering arm broke in his Commodore. The problem was heartbreaking for Courtney's co-driver Greg Murphy, with the veteran New Zealander hoping to end an eight-year wait for a race win.
Reynolds ended up crossing the line unchallenged, with New Zealander Fabian Coulthard second. Veteran Russell Ingall finished third.
Reynolds said the relief of winning was immense.
"As soon as I crossed the line I had a sigh of relief, I have won a race. It was awesome," he said.
"I was spent. I was trying so hard to keep it off the fence. I had a gap to Coulthard I was trying to manage and he was closing in.
"He (Courtney) was pushing hard. Full credit to him. He was a lot faster than me and if he didn't make that mistake I don't think I would have caught him."
Craig Lowndes, who won Saturday's race, finished eighth with his partner Warren Luff. The victory was Lowndes's first at Surfers Paradise since 2005. That race was also drama-packed, with HRT's Garth Tander suffering mechanical problems when in contention for the lead, eventually finishing eighth.
The win gave the Queenslander a slender six-point championship lead over Red Bull Racing Australia teammate Jamie Whincup, with four races remaining.
Whincup and co-driver Paul Dumbrell failed to finish on Saturday, after Dumbrell ran into the rear of Greg Murphy's Holden.
But Whincup, who didn't even get to drive the car in race one, bounced back with a fourth in the second race of the weekend yesterday.
Bathurst champion Mark Winterbottom's dreams of a maiden championship took a big hit, struggling home in 18th yesterday after co-driver Steve Richards suffered a broken shock absorber.
The next race is the Phillip Island 360 on November 24.
1 Craig Lowndes 2549
2 J amie Whincup 2543
3 M ark Winterbottom 2461
4 Will Davison 2428
5 Fabian Coulthard 2153
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