COULTHARD TOP THREE AT IPSWICHBen Nightingale
IPSWICH SUPERSPRINT – FRIDAY, JULY 20 – PRACTICE
Fabian Coulthard – No. 12 Shell V-Power Racing Ford
Practice 1 – 8th (Fastest Lap: 1m09.6667s)
Practice 2 – 2nd (Fastest Lap: 1m09.3285s)
Scott McLaughlin – No. 17 Shell V-Power Racing Ford
Practice 1 – 6th (Fastest Lap: 1m09.6173s)
Practice 2 – 12th (Fastest Lap: 1m09.6010s)
Tony D’Alberto – No. 12 & No. 17 Shell V-Power Racing Fords
Co-Driver Practice (Car No.12) – 4th (Fastest Lap: 1m10.0376s)
Co-Driver Practice (Car No. 17) – 6th (Fastest Lap: 1m10.2003s)
RECAP: Shell V-Power Racing Team endurance co-driver Tony D’Alberto took to the circuit first up this morning, in both the No.12 and No.17 Fords for the 30-minute additional driver session. He rolled out for the first 15-minutes in the No.12, the car he will share with Fabian Coulthard across the upcoming Pirtek Enduro Cup, gaining important miles on track to reacquaint himself with these cars before switching into the No. 17.
Opening practice for main drivers ran without issue. Both drivers did sighting laps and then focused more on race pace than outright qualifying pace throughout the 45-minute session. The back half of the session was spent doing long runs in both cars, testing pace on used tyres and checking fuel economy in preparation for the 320km of racing ahead this weekend.
The final session focused more on qualifying pace, with a set of green tyres put aside for each car. They both worked through a program of changes, before bolting on greens for a run at the end. McLaughlin got a low fuel alarm on his final lap, so didn’t complete his flyer. Coulthard went second fastest for the session, only 8/100ths off Shane van Gisbergen.
COULTHARD QUOTE: “Pretty good day today, nice to finish up in the top three. A shame for Scotty at the end there, he should have been up here with us. But overall a good day, we know we’ve got fast cars and we’ll come back stronger tomorrow.”
MCLAUGHLIN QUOTE: “We just ran through a pretty normal program today, just unfortunate that we ended up on the side of the road at the most important time of the day. We know we’ve got a good car, Fabs is p2, we know what we have to work on to make the car better for tomorrow.”
D’ALBERTO QUOTE: “It was great to get time in the cars again today. I had a little off in Car No.12 when we had a lock-up, which cut my time a bit short in that car. I jumped into the No.17, and it was good to see the differences in the cars. Both felt great, but interesting to see how Fabian and Scott differ in how they like the cars set up.”