Reeves sits just six points off the championship lead heading into the State Championship finale at Sydney Motorsport Park.
If he can erase the deficit between himself, Blake Aubin and Matthew Holt, Reeves will claim an unprecedented championship hat-trick.
The Toyota 86 has performed faultlessly over three seasons, delivering Reeves great success, including a top-ten finish at Mount Panorama in this year’s Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour, many race and round victories within Class D, and the coveted number one for the past two seasons.
The success hasn’t come without some luck as well. Reeves trailed Dylan Thomas coming into the 2015 finale at Sydney Motorsport Park eleven months ago, but went onto win the Championship after Thomas was forced to retire from the opening race of the weekend.
The incredible reliability of the Toyota 86, and Reeves’ incredible consistency is why he has been the man to beat in recent times.
That reliability factor alone mounts a strong case as to why Reeves will again wear the number 1 in 2017, but not without a fight from the two men who sit above him in the points standings, Bathurst’s Blake Aubin, and championship leader Matthew Holt.
The three men are separated by just six points ahead of this weekend’s fifth and final state round at Sydney Motorsport Park – and that margin is because of one thing, consistent results.
All three men have enjoyed top-three finishes, within their class, in all eleven races they’ve contested in 2016.
The points structure rewards drivers based on where they place in their class, and not their outright finishing position, which is why we have a Class A2 driver (Holt), a Class C driver (Aubin), and Reeves from Class D vying for the title.
In the last three rounds, series debutant Jimmy Vernon has upstaged the two-time champion, to take class victory, and vital championship points away from the two-time champion.
There’s no question that Vernon will play a very important role in the outcome of the overall championship on Sunday afternoon – a class victory for the young Sydney driver could end Reeves’ crack at securing the hat-trick.
A fascinating weekend awaits in Western Sydney. Qualifying, and a sprint race will be contested on Saturday, with the curtain to come down on the State Championship on Sunday afternoon, with the headline act set to be the final event of the program.