Coulthard excluded from qualifying for tech breach

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 21/04/2018
  • By Mitchell Adam

Fabian Coulthard will not join team-mate Scott McLaughlin on the front row for the opening race of the WD-40 Phillip Island 500, after being excluded from qualifying.

Coulthard set the second-fastest time in ARMOR ALL Qualifying earlier on Saturday, behind the sister Shell Ford of Scott McLaughlin.

He has, though, been excluded from the session for a technical breach with his Falcon’s rear wing and will start the 57-lap race from the rear of the grid.

The stewards’ report read: “During Parc Ferme following Qualifying for Race 9, Car #12, Fabian Coulthard, was inspected by the S&TD for compliance with the rear wing angle as stipulated in the VSD (Vehicle Specification Document).

“Car #12 was found to have been in breach of Rule C1.1.2 and C2.1.1 in that Car #12 did not comply with the relevant VSD during Qualifying for Race 9.

“The S&TD found the maximum rear wing angle defined in the VSD was exceeded by Car #12.

“Following an admission to the breach by Racing Team (Aust) Pty Ltd, the Stewards imposed a Penalty of Disqualification of Car #12 from Qualifying for Race 9 of the 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

“By virtue of Rule D7.2.1.2, Car #12 is to start Race 9 from the rear of the grid.”

Shell V-Power Racing managing director Ryan Story told Supercars.com:  “A genuine error was made when a change happened in-session.

“I accept responsibility and whilst it made no difference to the performance of the car, we’ve taken our medicine.

“Unfortunately that means Fabian will start last for this afternoon’s race.”

Coulthard’s exclusion promotes championship leader Jamie Whincup to start alongside McLaughlin.

The other Triple Eight Commodores of Shane van Gisbergen and Craig Lowndes will share the second, with Rick Kelly and David Reynolds fifth and sixth.

Race 9 of the 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship starts at 3:45pm.

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