Fabian Coulthard

Driver, No.12 Shell V-Power Racing Ford

Career Highlights:

  • 2001 New Zealand Formula Ford
  • 2002 Alan Jones Trophy Winner at Australia Grand Prix
  • 2003 British Formula Renault (alongside Lewis Hamilton) at Manor Motorsport
  • 2004 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Rookie of the Year
  • 2005 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Champion
  • Best Supercars Championship Result: 3rd, 2017
  • Best Bathurst 1000 Result: 3rd, 2017

British-Born, New Zealand raised, Fabian Coulthard started his career in karts before moving into Formula Ford in New Zealand. A trip to the Australian Grand Prix support races at Albert Park in 2002 proved his worth, and he jetted to England to compete in Formula Renault.

Coulthard joined the Porsche Carrera Cup, finishing third and best rookie in 2004, then was crowned champ in 2005.

He signed to drive with Paul Morris Motorsports, sharing a car with Alan Gurr and Steve Ellery in 2006/2007.

In 2008 he linked with countryman Paul Cruickshank and an ex-Craig Lowndes BF Falcon and finished in the top 10 on six separate occasions.

In 2009 he returned with PCR and a brand-new Triple Eight-built FG Falcon taking the car to his first-ever podium finish at Symmons Plains before moving across to Walkinshaw Racing in 2010 for two seasons, then joining BJR in 2012.

2013 proved to be a breakthrough year for Coulthard – two pole positions and 12 podium finishes. His sixth-place finish in the drivers’ championship remains his career best. Coulthard continued his momentum in 2014 scoring 24 top-10 finishes, three pole positions and six podiums; 2015 was highlighted with his first win at a street circuit at the season opening Clipsal 500.

He moved to DJR Team Penske for 2016, in what was largely a development year. It was 2017 – Coulthard’s second year at DJR Team Penske – where everything came together, as he took four-wins on his way to a personal best third place in the Championship.

While the 2018 season was a tough year based on his high standards, he took his 10th career Supercars race victory at Winton Motor Raceway in May.

Starting the 2019 season with a new weapon in the Ford Mustang GT Supercar, Coulthard began in the best possible way by taking the first pole position of the year at the Adelaide 500, demonstrating his pace is as good as ever. He went on to take two victories over the year at Phillip Island and Wanneroo Raceway in Perth.

Heading into 2020, Coulthard is in his fifth season with the Shell V-Power Racing Team and hungrier than ever to perform at the highest level of Australian motorsport.