Track conditions were a hot topic during today's practice sessions at Phillip Island, with Lockwood Racing's Fabian Coulthard not quite mastering the slippery surface.

Coulthard finished the day 19th overall, hampered by stoppages and tyre inconsistencies, but believes the team can make big gains tomorrow.

Endurance Co-Driver David Besnard got his first dry running in the Lockwood Racing Commodore and Coulthard says the pair will make a good match at the Sandown and Bathurst endurance races later this year.

The fourth practice session will start tomorrow at 10.10am before qualifying at 1.25pm.

Fabian Coulthard
Lockwood Racing
"On paper it doesn't look that flash. In my first session we were unlucky not to get a time close to the top 10 with the red flag coming out for Taz Douglas. He dropped a lot of oil at turn 2 so no one else went closer to doing a similar time after the restart.

"In my second session we just suffered with the car balance really; it was very nervous and we couldn't tune it. I think it may have something to do with how we rate our tyres from being good to not so good. I think we need to evaluate that and get a better understanding but we'll know more when we put a better tyre on it tomorrow.

"The track itself is pretty slippery; it's definitely not as good as it has been in the past, but everyone is in the same situation so we can't blame that, we just have to make the car better for the conditions.

"Dave (Besnard) has been complaining about the same things so it's not like we are looking for two completely different things from the car."

David Besnard
Lockwood Racing
"I'm excited to team up with Fabian. BJR are old family friends of mine so it's easy for me to fit into the team. They've been doing a really good job this year as the results show.

"It was great to get some miles in the car today. The lap times weren't that flash because we were on old tyres. At the start of the session we had good balance in the car but we lost that near the end of the session as the tyres started to get worse."

Phillip Island 300 - 2012 V8 Supercars - Races 10&11
Co-Driver Practice
01 Dean Canto, The Bottle-O Racing Team, 1:35.0472
02 Steven Richards, Orrcon Steel FPR Ford, +0.0306
03 Paul Dumbrell, TeamVodafone, +0.0482
04 David Russell, Jack Daniel's Racing, +0.0494
05 Luke Youlden, SP Tools Racing, +0.3272
06 John McIntyre, Trading Post FPR Ford, +0.3474
07 Nick Percat, Holden Racing Team, +0.4121
08 Cameron McConville, Holden Racing Team, +0.5268
09 David Besnard, Lockwood Racing, +0.5342
10 Alex Davison, Team Norton, +0.6772

Phillip Island 300 - V8 Supercars Championship - Races 10&11
Practice Combined
01 Jamie Whincup, TeamVodafone, 1:33.2866
02 Craig Lowndes, TeamVodafone, +0.0306
03 David Reynolds, The Bottle-O Racing Team, +0.5407
04 Jason Bright, Team BOC, +0.5660
05 Todd Kelly, Jack Daniel's Racing, +0.7016
06 Greg Murphy, Pepsi Max Crew, +0.8611
07 Garth Tander, Holden Racing Team, +0.8938
08 Michael Caruso, Fujitsu Racing GRM, +1.0067
09 Russell Ingall, Supercheap Auto Racing, +1.0459
10 Will Davison, Trading Post FPR Ford, +1.0484
19 Fabian Coulthard, Lockwood Racing, +1.6392

Published: 18 May 2012.

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