Latest GB4 winner Reynolds uncertain about future rounds because of low funding

Only two winner’s trophies were up for grabs at Round 2 of the GB4 season as torrential rain resulted in the cancellation of Race 1. Whilst Race 2 on a dry Silverstone Circuit saw Tom Mills reign supreme, reversed grid Race 3 was won by Harri Reynolds, the fourth different winner in five races. Feeder Series spoke to the Elite Motorsport driver after his maiden race victory in the paddock.

By George Brabner

Reynolds picked up his first podium of the season at Oulton Park as he capitalised on a sixth-place start in Race 3 of the weekend. That would come off the back of a fourth-place finish during Race 2 in the wet and a tenth place in Race 1, a result caused by a slow start.

Despite the difficult start to his weekend, Reynolds left Oulton Park on a high and carried that momentum into Silverstone, where, once again, he’d score his best result of the weekend during the reversed grid contest.

On top at Silverstone

Reynolds kicked off Round 2 with another fourth place as he followed Tom Mills, Colin Queen and Cooper Webster to the chequered flag. He finished just over six seconds away from the tail of Webster and 12 seconds behind Tom Mills after snatching fourth from Jeremy Fairbairn on the penultimate lap. However, he was able to keep Fox Motorsport’s Liam McNeilly behind him for the majority of the race.

In Race 3, the hard work was all done off the line for Reynolds, as he leaped from sixth to second. He picked up the pieces from Ruhaan Alva’s contact with Sid Smith amidst slow starts for Conzo, Kulkarni and Clifford, which then became a pass for the lead later in the lap at Club. Reynolds would then control the rest of the race, which was largely affected by safety car periods, to take his first victory in GB4.

“It’s a great feeling. It’s a reverse grid race but I still had to work my way through, so I’m really happy to be on the top step,” he told Feeder Series.

Harri Reynolds (#17) battles with Jeremy Fairbairn (#87) | Credit: Jakob Ebrey / GB4 Championship

“It’s been a good weekend up until the last race, and then the last race just topped it off.”

Just like at Oulton Park, Reynolds clearly had the pace to consolidate himself in the top five, but bridging the gap ahead to Queen, Webster and Mills is next on the agenda for the Welshman.

“I definitely think it’s possible [to catch the top three]. Although there’s a bit of a gap between the grid, I think it’s very competitive. However, I do think I can push forward, and I’m with Elite Motorsport. We’re definitely capable of doing it. It’s just the final little steps and then we can make it,” he explained.

Looking ahead

Round 3 of the GB4 season is closing in and victory at Silverstone puts Reynolds in good steed for the following races. 

As a front runner, first place in Race 3 was vital for the championship fight and it has propelled Reynolds higher up the standings prior to Donington Park. His points haul from finishing first whilst Webster and Fairbairn collided in the race now leaves Reynolds third in the standings and only two points behind second place.

The Welshman has since confirmed to Feeder Series that he will be present for Round 3 of the GB4 season, however, budget issues are threatening to put a halt on his season.

“It’s great momentum. Hopefully, we can carry it on now into the next round – obviously, if we’re there. We need to see what we can do. Hopefully, we’re out [on track], but it’s great momentum going forward,” Reynolds said.

“[It’s just] due to funding. We weren’t sure if we were going to be here [at Silverstone] but we were, so hopefully now we can keep this going.”

On potentially borrowed time, the pressure is very much still on Reynolds heading to Donington Park.

Header photo credit: Jakob Ebrey / GB4 Championship

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