Wrong time, wrong place: that is the story of Fabian Coulthard's day at Barbagallo Raceway today in which he qualified seventh and finished 15th.

The Lockwood Racing driver was the first to put slick tyres on in this morning's qualifying session as the track dried. He held the fastest time until the rest of the field caught on and came out with newer rubber, dropping him to seventh.

In the race Coulthard was looking strong for podium until his pit stop on lap 28 when he was released into the path of a Jack Daniel's Racing car. That led to a drive-through penalty, which relegated him to 18th. He recovered to finish 15th at the chequered flag.

Qualifying for the first of tomorrow's two 50-lap races starts at 9.25.

Fabian Coulthard
Lockwood Racing
"I think we just timed it wrong in qualifying. I sat in the garage and got asked whether it was the right time to put slicks on. It was a line ball thing but I thought not. We took a gamble anyway and went fastest on the drying track. If it had started raining then, which it looked like it might, we would have looked like legends but unfortunately we didn't get the best run and missed out.

"If it wasn't for that drive-through penalty I would have been on the podium I'm sure.
The car's pretty good; I'm not too fazed with the speed that it's got and I'm confident that, given the opportunity, we can get a result.

"V8 Supercars is such a competitive sport that when your car's quick you've got to capitalise on it and we didn't do that today"

Trading Post Challenge - 2012 V8 Supercars - Races 7,8&9
Qualifying Race 7
01 Garth Tander, Holden Racing Team, 1:02.1974
02 Jason Bright, Team BOC, +0.0751
03 Jamie Whincup, TeamVodafone, +0.1072
04 Jonathon Webb, Tekno Autosports, +0.1657
05 Mark Winterbottom, Orrcon Steel FPR Ford, +0.1796
06 David Reynolds, The Bottle-O Racing Team, +0.2327
07 Fabian Coulthard, Lockwood Racing, +0.2737
08 James Courtney, Holden Racing Team, +0.3052
09 Will Davison, Trading Post FPR Ford, +0.3575
10 Lee Holdsworth, Irwin Racing, +0.3998

Trading Post Challenge - 2012 V8 Supercars - Races 7,8&9
Race 7
01 Mark Winterbottom, Orrcon Steel FPR Ford
02 Jamie Whincup, TeamVodafone
03 Craig Lowndes, TeamVodafone
04 Lee Holdsworth, Irwin Racing
05 James Courtney, Holden Racing Team
06 Tim Slade, Lucky 7 Racing
07 Shane Van Gisbergen, SP Tools Racing
08 Michael Caruso, Fujitsu Racing
09 Rick Kelly, Jack Daniel's Racing
10 Jason Bright, Team BOC
15 Fabian Coulthard, Lockwood Racing

Published: 05 May 2012.

#14 Tim Slade

Freightliner Racing

© Copyright 2019 Brad Jones Racing