Coulthard cuts first WAU laps

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 22/02/2022
  • By James Pavey

Fabian Coulthard was put to work just hours after his Walkinshaw Andretti United signing was made public.

Coulthard and Warren Luff were confirmed as WAU’s 2022 co-drivers on Tuesday morning.

Winton pre-season testing commenced on Tuesday, with Coulthard and Luff at the track with WAU.

Nick Percat, who shifted from Brad Jones Racing, turned his first laps aboard his #2 Mobil 1 NTI Commodore in the morning.

Just after midday, Coulthard suited up and sampled Chaz Mostert’s #25 Mobil 1 Optus Commodore.

Mostert and Coulthard exchanged feedback before the latter took to the car.

Coulthard all smiles at Winton on Tuesday

"It’s a great vibe," Coulthard told of his new team.

"With Chaz, Nick and Luffy, we all get on well, so that’s a good recipe.

"I’m trying to leech of them at the moment, and learn as much as I can about the car."

Coulthard’s deal with WAU was confirmed just weeks after he was released from his Team Sydney contract.

The Kiwi was replaced at the new-look PremiAir Racing by countryman Chris Pither.

Coulthard previously raced for DJR Team Penske, and scored a Bathurst podium for the team in 2017.

He also raced for Brad Jones Racing between 2012 and 2015, and scored a provisional Bathurst pole for the team.

Coulthard is no stranger to the Walkinshaw fold, having raced a sister car for the team in 2010 and 2011.

Joining WAU presents Coulthard with a strong chance to end his Great Race duck, even if he is now a co-driver.

Mostert and Lee Holdsworth dominated last year’s Repco Bathurst 1000 from pole position.

Holdsworth later sealed a full-time return with Grove Racing, opening the door at WAU for Coulthard.

While previously reaffirming his desire to make a full-time return, the 471-race veteran was keen to a join a team in form.

"Like any driver, you want to align yourself with iconic brands," he said.

"They’re prestigious names, and I’m very proud to be part of this organisation.

"[The signing process] was relatively quick. They said what they wanted, I said what I wanted.

"Of late, this team has the runs on the board… obviously they had a very strong Bathurst, winning the race.

"To get a plumb co-drive was a high priority for me.”

Mostert and Percat will commence their 2022 campaigns in Sydney next week.

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