Noting the Winton victory will give Coulthard confidence, Story believes the #12 Shell Ford’s performance has been better than the pure results.
“Fabs has been a victim of circumstance,” he added.
“We’ve made some mistakes in pitlane, there’s been some things that have happened on-track that have really hampered his progress and meant the results sheet doesn’t necessarily reflect his competitiveness.”
Test day to be ‘pretty straightforward’
The Ford squad will test on Monday at Queensland Raceway alongside chief rival Triple Eight, Tekno Autosports and Matt Stone Racing.
While the factory Holden squad has been counting down to the chance to learn more about its new ZB Commodore, the continuity of the Falcon package means Story’s team will have a simpler day.
“The test for us is a pretty straightforward undertaking,” Story said.
“We’ve got developments, like we always have, that we want to explore and see if they make it better or worse, whether we take a step forward or otherwise.
“And then we start thinking about some of the other races we’ve got later on and certainly Darwin being the next one off the rank.”