IMPRESSIVE DAY IN IPSWICH

 29 Jul 2017

IPSWICH SUPERSPRINT – SATURDAY JULY 29 – PRACTICE, QUALIFYING AND RACE 15

Fabian Coulthard - No. 12 Shell V-Power Racing Ford

Practice 3 – 3rd (Fastest Lap: 1m09.0555s)
Qualifying – 14th (Fastest Lap: 1m09.1519s)
Race 15 – 6th (Fastest Lap: 1m10.0350s - Under Old Lap Rxecord)

RECAP: Coulthard started the day well in final practice, ending the session third fastest right behind his teammate McLaughlin. Qualifying didn’t go to plan, and whilst only three-tenths back from pole, he would start the race from 14th on the grid. The team created a sensational strategy for the race and Fabian executed a stellar recovery drive to finish the 120km race in 6th place, and continue to sit third in the points.

QUOTE: “After that qualifying effort, I was really kicking myself and was a bit down. But the car was incredible in the race, the team really gave me a rocket and they did an amazing job in the pit stop too, which catapulted me up the order. It was great to be racy, and to be passing cars but I’d rather qualify up the front and not have to worry about it. We’ll aim to do that tomorrow.”

Scott McLaughlin - No. 17 Shell V-Power Racing Ford 

Practice 3 – 2nd (Fastest Lap: 1m09.0490s)
QualifyingFIRST (Fastest Lap: 1m08.8167s - New Lap Record)
Race 15 - FIRST (Fastest Lap: 1m09.9854s - Under Old Lap Record)

RECAP: In what is becoming a habit, McLaughlin spent the day at the top of the time sheets. He took his 10th pole position of 2017 in qualifying – continuing a 13-race streak starting from the front row – and then went on to take his 6th victory of the year. He lost the lead to category veteran Craig Lowndes off the start, but regained it on Lap 3. He lost is briefly again during the pit stops, only to again pass Lowndes and then never be headed to the finish of the race. He now sits 111 points ahead of Jamie Whincup in the Championship. 

QUOTE: “It was great battling Lowndesy in the race there, and passing him twice was pretty cool. Being able to control the pace at the front shows how good the car is. The team is giving me a car that I can qualify and race. We always aim to maximise what we have underneath us, and so far things have been really good. We’ll keep pressing on and see what more we can do.”

 

 

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS  
1. Scott McLaughlin 1758
2. Jamie Whincup 1647
3. Fabian Coulthard 1552
4. Shane Van Gisbergen 1506
5. Chaz Mostert 1395
6. Mark Winterbottom 1257
7. Craig Lowndes 1215
8. Garth Tander 1152
9. David Reynolds 1137
10. Cameron Waters 1120
TEAMS’ CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
1. Shell V-Power Racing Team 3345
2. Triple Eight Race Engineering (Whincup/Van Gisbergen) 3153
3. Prodrive Racing Australia (Winterbottom/Waters) 2412
4. Garry Rogers Motorsport 2061
5. Erebus Motorsport 1674
6. Brad Jones Racing 1665
7. Walkinshaw Racing 1569
8. Nissan Motorsport (R. Kelly/T. Kelly) 1554
9. Nissan NISMO (Caruso/De Silvestro) 1413
10. Prodrive Racing Australia (Mostert) 1395