Practice problems for Coulthard

Tyre troubles hindered Lockwood Racing’s progress at Yas Marina yesterday, with Fabian Coulthard having no soft tyres in the bank to practice with.

The oversight meant his qualifying set-up was untested going into the 20-minute session, in which each driver had to set three fast times to secure starting positions for the weekend’s three races.

Coulthard secured starting positions 12th and 14th for this afternoon’s first two races, which start at 5pm Eastern Australian Time (broadcast on Seven Mate) and will start tomorrow’s final 12-lap sprint race from 11th.

Fabian Coulthard
Lockwood Racing
“The car’s been a bit of a handful really. I think it’s not just our car; a few people are battling the same things.

“We missed a trick not bringing any soft tyres with us like a few of the other teams. Good preparation for qualifying is knowing what you’ve got on the soft tyre, so we missed that boat.

“Qualifying was OK considering but the car’s just not good enough to run at the front at the minute so we’ve got a bit of work to do to make it better.”

Etihad Airways – V8 Supercars C’ship – Races 24, 25 & 26
YAS MARINA FORMULA 1 CIRCUIT, UAE
V8 SUPERCARS Qualifying Race 24 (Fastest Lap)
01 Will Davison, Trading Post FPR Ford, 2:11.7660R
02 Jamie Whincup, TeamVodafone, +0.1190
03 Shane Van Gisbergen, SP Tools Racing, +0.4890
04 Tim Slade, Lucky 7 Racing, +0.4970
05 Lee Holdsworth, Irwin Racing, +0.6510
12 Fabian Coulthard, Lockwood Racing, +0.9640

Etihad Airways – V8 Supercars C’ship – Races 24, 25 & 26
YAS MARINA FORMULA 1 CIRCUIT, UAE
V8 SUPERCARS Qualifying Race 25 (Second Fastest Lap)
01 Will Davison,  Trading Post FPR Ford, 2:11.9280
02 Jamie Whincup, TeamVodafone, +0.3440
03 Shane Van Gisbergen, SP Tools Racing, +0.5960
04 Lee Holdsworth, Irwin Racing, +0.6680
05 Mark Winterbottom, Orrcon Steel FPR Ford, +0.6730
14 Fabian Coulthard, Lockwood Racing, +1.1390

Etihad Airways – V8 Supercars C’ship – Races 24, 25 & 26
YAS MARINA FORMULA 1 CIRCUIT, UAE
V8 SUPERCARS Qualifying Race 26 (Third Fastest Lap)
01 Will Davison, Trading Post FPR Ford, 2:12.2410
02 Jamie Whincup, TeamVodafone, +0.3580
03 Shane Van Gisbergen, SP Tools Racing, +0.3690
04 Tim Slade, Lucky 7 Racing, +0.6740
05 James Moffat, Team Norton, +0.6780
11 Fabian Coulthard, Lockwood Racing, +0.8890

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