Coulthard wants record back

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 10/10/2015
  • By Kassie Gadeke

His lap record may have been broken yesterday at Mount Panorama, but Fabian Coulthard has shown he will fight to be fastest in qualifying, firing in practice at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

A stray Erebus Benz impeded his run out of the Chase, but as the chequered flag dropped 2min05.2119 flashed up for the Freightliner Commodore, giving Coulthard the top time by 0.1708sec ahead of Championship leader Mark Winterbottom.

"I'd like that lap record back, so I was trying pretty hard," Coulthard said.

The ominous part - without being blocked by Jack Le Brocq, co-driver for car #4, he could've been much faster.

"I wasn't sure who was in the car but I was flashing my lights through Conrod -I thought he might be nice and get out of my way, but was probably doing the same and on a lap at that point."

Coulthard and engineer Phil Keed were looking to improve the car further ahead of qualifying and the ARMOR ALL Top 10 Shootout, but admitted it was difficult to get the perfect car around Mount Panorama.

Winterbottom said they were working on race runs as well as focusing on qualifying, given the schedule had changed for today after his teammate Chaz Mostert's accident yesterday.

"It's different for Bathurst Saturday, but it was a good session," Winterbottom said.

"Car's not bad, sketchy in spots, but good enough ... we'll have a good crack at pole in this one.

"If we can put it on pole it'll cheer everyone up ... we'll try and get it for him [Mostert] as well."

The session was green throughout, though there were a few moments at turn one, with Lee Holdsworth nudging the fence after avoiding the Erebus #4 stopped on track.

Scott Pye set a fast time early in the XBOX Falcon and held on to third with his 2min05.505. Marcos Ambrose finished the session in the car, with a handful of co-drivers having their final steer before tomorrow.

Jamie Whincup - who broke Coulthard's 2014 record yesterday with a 2min04.9097 was an uncharacteristic 18th this morning.

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Qualifying kicks off at 12.30pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

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