Coulthard excluded from qualifying for tech breach
Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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 D188.8.131.52, Car #12 is to start Race 9 from the rear of the grid.”
Turns out I’m going to start last.. only way is up from there! #VASC#FabPack