Penske pushing in 2017

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 10/01/2017
  • By Courtney Callow

DJR Team Penske’s Fabian Coulthard says he is looking forward to working with fellow New Zealander Scott McLaughlin this season, and is determined to move Penske to the top.

23-year-old McLaughlin announced his move from Garry Rogers Motorsport to race the #17 DJR Team Penske Ford in June last year.

Coulthard said McLaughlin comes to the team with a lot of knowledge from his previous team and is a well-known and proven race winner.

“I am looking forward to working with Scott this year, I think we can be good teammates and work well together to move the team forward the best we both can,” Coulthard told Supercars.com

“It is important for both of us to be fast and push each other, we need to be consistently on the podium and win races. 

“We are under no illusion that there is a big hill to climb and the team is relatively new as DJR Team Penske so we are trying to get the people in place and everything like that to get to the top of the category”.

Coulthard, who was backed by six-time Champ Jamie Whincup as one to watch in 2017, emphasised being competitors on-track and pushing one another will create a healthy team environment.

“I think it’s important to remain friends off the track and what happens on the track, you know you’re competitors,” Coulthard said. 

“Having two fast guys within a team that are both proven race winners I think that’s quite a good thing and healthy within a racing team. 

“I’m looking forward to Scott beating me and me learning from Scott. Hopefully Scott is looking forward to me beating him and learning from me so then we can both move the team forward together to get the best results we possibly can”.

However, Coulthard said the most important thing moving forward at the moment is for Scott and incoming engineering mastermind Ludo Lacroix to see and understand the package the team has at the next ride day or test day and work with it.

“It’ll take time for Scott and Ludo to understand the package we have and I’m sure both those guys will have some great ideas that we can work towards and try things to make the team better,” Coulthard said.

“Once Scott drives the car and knows what we’ve got, he can provide feedback on the car and then same with Ludo working with Scott”.

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