Why Betty Klimenko Calls Dave Reynolds A 'Duck'
No, it's not because the popular Penrite Racing champ is yet to register a win in the Supercars Championship this year.
The reason Betty Klimenko calls Dave Reynolds a duck? It's all about the person he is.
"He’s a duck, calm on the outside, flapping his feet underneath," Klimenko, the head of Erebus Motorsport, told 10 daily when she dropped by in the week before the Bathurst 1000.
You mean he's flapping his feet around in a good way, right, rather than flailing them around wildly to little effect?
"Right. He wants people to think it’s easy for him. He likes to play it like everything comes easy. But he's an incredibly hard worker," Klimenko said.
"For example, Dave likes people to think he doesn't do much exercise, but he sneaks off to the gym more than anyone else."
Reynolds, 34, has taken a different approach to the Great Race this year, according to Klimenko. He famously won it in 2017, then suffered cramps last year with just 26 laps to go, after starting on pole and leading throughout.
It was devastating. But afterwards, Reynolds admitted he hadn't slept properly and had probably crammed too much into the week before Bathurst. His body just broke down.
The team won't make that mistake this year.
"What people don’t know is that when you win Bathurst, they indundate you with interview requests and everything else," Klimenko explained.
"When Dave got to the race, he was already fried. Learning to say no is part of the game. We've tried to keep his list of activities away from the race very small."
If things go well for Reynolds and his team this year and they manage to win, it will mean much more to Klimenko than the 17 races (and counting) his fierce rival Scott McLaughlin has won this year.
"In my team we’d rather win five Bathursts than one championship," she said.
Yes, Bathurst really is the Melbourne Cup of motor sport. And did we mention you can watch both events on Network 10 this year -- starting with the Bathurst 1000 this weekend?
Catch the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 100 live and free on Network 10 and WIN Network. Saturday October 12, from 11:30am AEDST, and Sunday from 7:30am AEDST.