Published: 04 December 2006

Pictured: HSV.

Holden Special Vehicles has hired rising racing star David Reynolds to work in its Marketing Department, with an eye to extending the relationship to the racetrack in future.

The 2004 Australian Formula Ford Champion and current Carrera Cup star impressed the company with his performance at a recent V8 Supercar test day with the championship-leading Toll HSV Dealer Team at Winton.

Reynolds, 21, was introduced to HSV’s John Crennan by former racer Tomas Mezera, who is a big rap for the Albury young gun.

Crennan said that although HSV had no driver agreement with Reynolds, he would be high on the list of potential candidates for an enduro seat with Toll HSV at Sandown and Bathurst next year.

“As a first step, we have agreed to manage his career for a couple of years, to help give him a bit of a leg up, and that includes working for us here at Clayton where he can be exposed to the V8 scene at a high level,” he said.

“He is obviously one of the best young talents around, and subject to some more testing next season, we could well see him in one of the cars of the teams sponsored by HSV in future.”

Reynolds, who is currently third in the Carrera Cup coming into the final round next weekend at Phillip Island, won the Sandown and Bathurst rounds from pole position this year.

Son of Albury rally driver John Reynolds – whose CV includes a top-10 place in the national Alpine Rally – David started racing in go karts in his home district, winning the Victorian Junior Karter of the Year award in 2000.

He made his Formula Ford debut in 2003, and after moving to Melbourne to further his career in 2004, went on to win the championship.

He is in his second season of Carrera Cup in the Bob Jane T-Marts Sonic Racing Porsche, where he has impressed with his raw speed against experienced stars, winning two rounds and wrapping up the Driver to Europe award for new stars.

Reynolds said he was thrilled to be given the opportunity to work with HSV to further his career, working in the marketing area and helping out at HSV drive days with established V8 stars Mark Skaife, Todd Kelly, Rick Kelly, Garth Tander and Greg Murphy.

“It doesn’t get any better for a young driver,” he said. “HSV and the teams it is associated with are right at the top, and I couldn’t think of a better organisation to learn from.”

Reynolds is still working on his racing arrangements for next year, but is likely to return to Carrera Cup, subject to sponsorship offers.

Footnote: David Reynolds won a National Junior Roller Hockey Championship with the Victorian team in 1997, and won a regional cross-country running championship when he was in Year 3.

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