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Supercars star David Reynolds is in a race against time to compete at next month's Bathurst 1000 after his COVID-19 vaccination exemption was rejected by NSW health officials.
The Kelly Grove Racing driver has been ruled out of the remaining three events at Sydney Motorsport Park this month and will need to prove he's fully vaccinated before being allowed to race at the season-ending endurance classic at Mount Panorama on December 5.
Despite competing in last weekend's Sydney SuperNight event, NSW Health officials subsequently considered, and rejected, an exemption application from the 2017 Bathurst winner this week.
Supercars says Reynolds' attendance at last weekend's event was in "compliance with temporary protocols and conditions to protect he and other participants" while the matter was resolved.
It means the 26-year-old is unable to attend Sydney Motorsport Park, which has been granted the ability to host this month's events only if spectators, drivers and officials are either fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption.
"I'm shattered to be missing the next three Supercars events," Reynolds said.
"But I understand and respect the health guidelines.
"I can't wait to get back behind the wheel at Bathurst."
In a statement released on Thursday, Kelly Grove Racing confirmed Reynolds was not fully vaccinated and did not meet NSW Health requirements.
"David has had his first vaccine shot administered and has scheduled his second vaccine shot," a statement read.
"Once fully vaccinated, as scheduled, David could be eligible to drive in the Repco Bathurst 1000."
The team has confirmed Reynold's Bathurst-winning co-driver Luke Youlden will race the No.26 Penrite Ford Mustang at this weekend's Sydney event.
It will be Youlden's first solo drive in Supercars after spending most of the past two decades racing as a co-driver in the annual endurance events.
"I'm super pumped to get the opportunity to drive my first-ever sprint round this weekend," the 43-year-old said.
"Getting these laps under my belt before we head to Bathurst will be great preparation before we take on the 1000 in December."