The 2019 V8 Supercars season will have a permanent asterisk associated with it, Holden driver Dave Reynolds says.
The former Bathurst winner, no stranger to controversy himself, says that the sport will actually be better off for a tumultuous 2019 season.
Frustration over a disparity in performance between the Ford Mustang and Holden Commodore’s have dogged the season from the outset, while Scott McLaughlin’s controversial Bathurst 1000 win made headlines for weeks after the race.
Reynolds though, said he was enjoying the impact the various controversies had on the sport - as long as he could remain out of the spotlight.
"With any controversy there's always some good to come out of it," Reynolds told Wide World of Sport’s Brett Graham.
“I love our sport, and as long as there's controversy, I think it's for the good of the sport.
"Even though some teams might look bad, I actually really enjoy it. As long as I'm not involved in it, I'm enjoying it!"
Supercars season ‘hasn’t felt right’
When quizzed about this year’s Bathurst result, Reynolds said there was no doubt in his mind McLaughlin’s victory had been tainted by the safety car controversy that preceded it.
Reynolds said the entire season ‘hadn’t felt correct’, adding that it was the strangest season he could remember in his 12-year Supercars career.
“It's been a very funny year, with all the stuff that's gone on, especially at Bathurst with the engine dramas and then Fabian holding everyone up, it hasn't felt right," he said.
“The whole year hasn't felt correct, it's been really strange.
“As far as I'm concerned it's the strangest year I can remember since I've been in the sport."