Supercars feud at boiling point
SUPERCARS bad boy Dave Reynolds has continued his public stoush with rival driver Scott McLaughlin and claimed the championship leader "might as well be driving an F1 (car)".
McLaughlin has dominated in his Ford Mustang this season, winning 16 of 22 races, including a double at The Bend SuperSprint in South Australia over the weekend.
Reynolds believes McLaughlin is driving away from the pack thanks to an unfair mechanical advantage.
The Penrite Racing star is yet to re-sign but said he could never be teammates with McLaughlin.
Asked whether Reynolds would ever drive alongside McLaughlin at DJR Team Penske, he didn't mince his words.
"They wouldn't have me. I don't fit the cookie-cutter mould," Reynolds said.
"I've got nothing against him. I think he's got a bigger problem with me than I do with him. I'm just honest and I can see situations for what they are and I can call it how it is."
Despite his controversial personality, Penrite Racing boss Barry Ryan is keen to re-sign Reynolds.
"Dave has said for a while now that he wants to be here for a long time and we want him here so I think it's just a formality," Ryan said.
"We'll see where it heads but I don't think it's a real problem, Dave wants to stay, we want him to stay, it's as simple as that.
"I'd be very surprised, from all the talks we've had internally. So we'll just push on and do what we do behind closed doors."
Reynolds' latest comments followed McLaughlin calling Reynolds "immature" at the weekend.
Reynolds had called McLaughlin "boring", "precious" and "corporatised", after the New Zealander's rise to the top of the sport and utter domination this season.
The simmering feud first erupted when their cars collided at the Townsville 400 last month and McLaughlin accused Reynolds of a "desperado" move.
McLaughlin has won 14 of 20 races for DJR Team Penske this season and leads the drivers' standings by 433 points, ahead of teammate Fabian Coulthard.
Reynolds is 678 points behind in sixth.
All season, Penrite Racing's Reynolds has suggested McLaughlin's new Ford Mustang is largely responsible for his stellar form in 2019.
McLaughlin hit back, after posting a practice-lap record at The Bend SuperSprint in South Australia on Friday.
"It's one of those things, where it's always going to be different, when you go to other teams and there's a lot of pressures that comes with that," McLaughlin said.
"Some people grow up and some people don't, and I think we can tell which one (of us) has grown up.
"I think I'm the same person I've always been. I just understand I've got a bit more on my shoulders and now I'm in a completely different position."