“If you have a good car, that’s half the battle done because it is very set-up dependent, so it’s important to roll the car out of the truck close to the mark and just be able to finetune it from there.”
A new element this time around is the introduction of the soft tyre, having run on the harder compound at last year’s event.
“I’m obviously excited about going there with the soft tyre,” Coulthard continued.
“Last year we ran on the hard, it was very difficult to pass because of the degradation of the tyre isn’t very much.
“The soft tyre will deg, will it be enough for the style of surface there is the unknown at the moment but I guess after the first race on Saturday we will have a better idea.”
Coulthard’s Shell teammate Scott McLaughlin added the length of the track will leave no margin for error in the rapid-fire qualifying sessions.
“There’s probably more corners that are tighter and big stops on that [West] track than the other track,” said McLaughlin.
“Obviously the big track we have got long, flowing corners and mid to high-speed braking and all that sort of stuff whereas the West track it looks like there’s one extra stop but then it takes out the other fast flowing stuff.
“It will be interesting how the track rubbers up as well because it won’t have that much time to rubber completely before qualifying with the format that we have got – especially that new part that will go on, so it will be slippery and yeah, it will be interesting.”
But for now, the focus is on the Repco SuperSprint.
The full Supercars field will hit the track at 9:10am local time tomorrow for opening practice, ahead of a 24-lap race in the afternoon and another two on Sunday.