Coulthard fuming after SVG clash

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 17/09/2016
  • By Kassie Gadeke

Run-ins with Shane van Gisbergen and Will Davison have left DJR Team Penske driver Fabian Coulthard disappointed after a promising start to the Wilson Security Sandown 500.

He will start the race from 11th after a tough qualifying race that saw him knocked off the track by Van Gisbergen when fighting for fourth position.

Van Gisbergen redressed and Coulthard had an awkward moment with Davison before taking the chequered flag. 

The DJR Team Penske Kiwi wouldn’t speak to the TV cameras after the qualifying race, visibly angry after the race turned sour and left him and co-driver Luke Youlden to start outside the top 10 after early speed.

“The coming together with Van Gisbergen really cost us,” Coulthard sad.

“I made some progress but I then had to give back the spots to Davison which cost another three places. I was carrying a lot of dirt and mud on the car after the off at Dandenong Road and with Will on my outside I had nowhere to go.”

Neither Van Gisbergen or Davison seemed fussed about the incident – but will start from the top 10, with the Red Bull seventh and TEKNO Commodore 10th tomorrow.

Van Gisbergen admitted to his error and had a jab at his fellow Kiwi in his post-race interview.

“I just mucked up – I was far enough inside and hit four wheels on the kerbs,” he said.

“I’m sure he’ll complain, get on twitter and all that stuff. But it’s all good we got a quick car, race to get the points tomorrow.

“We haven’t really been happy we qualified average but race pace car is really good passed a few people in a good spot for tomorrow.” 

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