MCLAUGHLIN AND COULTHARD 1-2 IN POINTS RACEBen Nightingale
TYREPOWER TASMANIA SUPERSPRINT – SUNDAY, APRIL 7 – PRACTICE, QUALIFYING & RACE
Fabian Coulthard – No. 12 Shell V-Power Racing Ford
Practice 4 – 3rd (Fastest Lap: 50.6415s)
Qualifying – 2nd (Fastest Lap: 50.7048s)
Race 8 – 2nd (Fastest Lap: 51.3353s)
Scott McLaughlin – No. 17 Shell V-Power Racing Ford
Practice 4 – 1st (Fastest Lap: 50.5551s)
Qualifying – 5th (Fastest Lap: 50.8471s)
Race 8 – 4th (Fastest Lap: 51.2987s)
RECAP: Race 8 started strongly for both Fabian Coulthard and Scott McLaughlin, slotting into second and fourth respectively for the opening laps.
Both maintained position through to the first pit stops, with McLaughlin heading in early on lap 15. Coulthard took his first stop on lap 24, peeling out right in front of McLaughlin. They then drove to the front of the pack as everyone took their second stops.
Coulthard jumped Van Gisbergen as the latter pitted, with McLaughlin slotting in behind. The three would battle like this for several laps.
It began to rain lightly at this stage, with Van Gisbergen able to get by Coulthard and David Reynolds passing McLaughlin to relegate them to second and fourth.
They stayed in those positions across the final stops and last stint of the race, with a good battle between Coulthard and Reynolds occurring in the back end of the race as light rain started to fall. Coulthard held him off to take his second podium of the weekend.
McLaughlin continues to lead the championship, with Coulthard now up to second, 124 points back. The team continues to lead the Teams’ title by 232 over Triple Eight.
COULTHARD QUOTE: “It was an awesome weekend for us. We arrived in sixth, and are leaving in second, so it’s great to have been able to get some consistent results. I feel that we’ve had good speed this year, but haven’t had my silverware to show for it. I’m getting happier and happier, and now I’m really looking forward to going to Phillip Island.”
MCLAUGHLIN QUOTE: “Qualifying didn’t go to plan today, and if it had gone right things might have been different, as track position is so important around here. Our pace was good, it probably wasn’t race-winning pace, but it was a solid result and we still lead the Championship so it’s a good weekend overall.”