Lockwood Racing’s Fabian Coulthard consolidated his third position in the V8 Supercar championship after finishing ninth in the final race of round four at the ITM 500 in New Zealand today.
The team battled all weekend to find an effective setup at the Pukekohe circuit and today was no exception, Coulthard qualifying 14th for the 200 kilometre hard-tyre race.
Coulthard and team mate Jason Bright scythed their way through the field early in the race but after a longer second pitstop for fuel and tyres, the Lockwood Racing Commodore fell down the order.
At the end of the 69 lap race Coulthard fought his way up to ninth, consolidating his position in the championship but unable to claim the coveted Jason Richards Trophy.
“We had pace for ninth or tenth all weekend so we need to go back and look at some data to establish why. Qualifying on the hard tyres has never been a strength this year so we need to look at what it is about the hard tyre but at the moment we’re struggling a little bit. The racing was today was all right but when you start that far back you shouldn’t be racing those people anyway. We moved forward, that was the main thing this weekend. We’re still sitting third in the championship, there’s a long way to go but for what I feel like wasn’t such a good weekend it’s still good to be sitting third in the points.”
FPR’s Mark Winterbottom won the final race of the ITM 500 and with it the Jason Richards Trophy.
For full results of race 13 of the V8 Supercar championship, click here for our RACE CONTROL
In the championship standings, Winterbottom sits on top with 941 from Lowndes on 834 and Coulthard on 824.