Karl Reindler

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Karl Reindler
Karl Reindler Abu Dhabi.jpg
Karl Reindler in Abu Dhabi, 2011
Nationality Australia Australian
Born (1985-04-18) April 18, 1985 (age 30)
Former teams

Team BRM
Alan Docking Racing
Swiss Racing Team
A1 Team Australia
Britek Motorsport
Stone Brothers Racing
Brad Jones Racing
Kelly Racing

Nissan Motorsport (Australia)
Starts 229
Wins 10
Poles 12
Fastest laps 15
Championship titles
2004 Australian Formula 3 Championship
Awards
2003
2008

Australian F3 Rookie of the Year

Mike Kable Young Gun Award

Karl Reindler (born 18 April 1985) is a racing driver from Perth, Western Australia. Reindler most recently competed full-time in the International V8 Supercars Championship for Kelly Racing now Nissan Motorsport Australia.

Off the back of winning Rookie of the Year in the 2003 Australian Formula 3 Championship, Reindler went on to win the 2004 Championship in the final round.[1] At the completion of the 2004 season Reindler competed in his first international event, the one-off Bahrain F3 SuperPrix, racing for the Swiss Racing Team. He finished 18th in what was regarded at the time as the unofficial World Championship for Formula 3 - select drivers from this event went onto winning championships in Formula 1, WEC, DTM, Super GT and Super Formula to name a few.

Reindler moved to Britain in 2005 to complete a part-season of the British Formula 3 Championship with Alan Docking Racing, commencing at round 7 at Monza, Italy, finishing 7th and 10th on debut. A season best qualifying happened at the final round at the Silverstone Circuit, qualifying 6th and finishing 7th. At the conclusion of the 2005 season, Reindler qualified for and competed in the World-famous Macau Grand Prix, finishing 13th in a competitive field which included Sebastian Vettel, Robert Kubica, Romain Grosjean and eventual winner Lucas di Grassi. In 2006 he continued with the Alan Docking Racing squad in British F3, again, only completing part of the season and ultimately finishing 14th outright after a season littered with mechanical related retirements.

Reindler went onto represent Australia as the rookie driver in the penultimate race of the 2005–06 A1 Grand Prix season at Laguna Seca, then progressed to lead driver at the second round of the 2006-07 A1 Grand Prix season in the Czech Republic. At the third round of the season, at the demanding Beijing street circuit in China, Reindler fought hard to finish on the podium in the feature race. He continued with Team Australia until the Durban event in South Africa before the team changed their driver line-up. He joined the ranks of the Asian Formula Renault V6 series in 2007, but only ran two rounds, finishing on the podium in Autopolis, Japan.

2008 saw him join Matt Connolly Motorsports Pontiac GTO.R team for the Daytona 24 Hour. Reindler qualified the car 3rd in GT, but had a raft of mechanical drama's during the race and finished 25th in class. This was in addition to a full season in Fujitsu series in 2008, partnering Dean Canto at Howard Racing. 8th outright in the Series earned him the V8 Supercar Mike Kable Rookie of the Year Award. 2009 saw just a handful of races which included the twin driver Australian Mini Challenge race in Perth where he shared with his younger brother Chris, not to mention partnering with Jason Bright for the V8 Supercar endurance events, which included an 11th place finish at the Bathurst 1000.

Reindler joined V8 Supercars full-time in 2010. Reindler drove a Brad Jones Racing customer Holden Commodore under the banner of Britek Motorsport and Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing.[2]

Reindler continued with the Brad Jones Racing team in 2011, and after a season best qualifying and finish of 6th and 7th on the Saturday at the Barbagallo Raceway round in 2011, he was involved in a major start-line accident with Steve Owen on the Sunday. Reindler's clutch failed on the grid, causing the car to stall and was hit from behind at an estimated 150 km/h by Owen, the resulting impact rupturing the fuel cell, producing a major fireball. The fuel entered the car and starting burning it from the inside out. Reindler walked away suffering burns to his face and hands, was hospitalised and released that evening.[3]

In 2012 Karl joined Kelly Racing to drive the #11 Car as team mate to Greg Murphy for the 2012 season.

After 3 years full-time in V8 Supercars, Reindler took a step back in 2013, competing in a few select rounds of the Australian Carrera Cup Championship and teamed up with Rick Kelly in the factory Jack Daniel's Nissan Altima V8 Supercar for the V8 Supercar PIRTEK Enduro Cup. Despite being hindered by straight-line speed issues, the duo went onto lead the Gold Coast race and ultimately finish in 6th place.

2014 saw Reindler on a hiatus from the sport competing in only two events; the Bathurst 12hr which saw a pole position and fastest race lap in class, and the Phillip Island 101 of the Australian GT Championship where he took out a class win and fastest lap.

Career results[edit]

The Holden VE Commodore of Karl Reindler at the 2010 Clipsal 500 Adelaide.
Season Series # Rounds Competed Championship Position Car Team
2003 Australian Formula 3 Championship 7 of 8 6th Dallara F301 Spiess Opel Team BRM
2004 Australian Formula 3 Championship 8 of 8 1st Dallara F301 Spiess Opel Team BRM
2005 British Formula Three Championship 5 of 11 16th Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda Alan Docking Racing
2006 British Formula Three Championship 9 of 11 14th Dallara F306 Mugen-Honda Alan Docking Racing
2006–07 A1 Grand Prix 5 of 11 13th Lola A1GP Zytek A1 Team Australia
2007 Formula Renault V6 Asia 2 of 6 15th Tatuus - Renault V6 Team E-Rain
2008 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series 7 of 7 8th Ford BA Falcon Howard Racing
2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series 2 of 14 44th Ford FG Falcon Stone Brothers Racing
2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series 14 of 14 27th Holden VE Commodore Britek Motorsport
2011 International V8 Supercars Championship 14 of 14 25th Holden VE Commodore Britek Motorsport
2012 International V8 Supercars Championship 15 of 15 24th Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing
2013 Australian Carrera Cup Championship 2 of 7 22nd Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 997 Team BRM
2013 International V8 Supercars Championship 3 of 14 42nd Nissan Altima Nissan Motorsport (Australia)

Complete A1 Grand Prix results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2006–07 A1 Team Australia NED
SPR

PO
NED
FEA

PO
CZE
SPR

15
CZE
FEA

16
CHN
SPR

12
CHN
FEA

3
MYS
SPR

PO
MYS
FEA

PO
IDN
SPR

PO
IDN
FEA

PO
NZL
SPR

14
NZL
FEA

13
AUS
SPR

14
AUS
FEA

14
RSA
SPR

16
RSA
FEA

Ret
MEX
SPR

MEX
FEA

CHN
SPR

CHN
FEA

GBR
SPR

GBR
SPR

13th 25

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2004 Formula 3 Australia Championship". www.formula3.cc. 27 September 2004. Retrieved 2006-11-05. 
  2. ^ Gunther, Briar (3 February 2010). "Three cars, Reindler confirmed for BJR". Official site of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  3. ^ http://www.speedcafe.com.au/2011/05/02/reindler-i-could-feel-my-face-burning/ Retrieved from Speedcafe 3/5/2011

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