Coulthard: Fine-tuned for the podium

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Fabian Coulthard is fast establishing himself as a regular top five finisher in the V8 Supercar Championship after racking up another stellar race at Ipswich today.

The Lockwood Racing driver had to fend off Russel Ingall in sixth for almost the entire 65 laps, saying the pressure was on for each corner to be inch-perfect.

The result moved Coulthard up to eighth in the championship and he says a podium will surely follow if the team continues doing what it is doing.

Fabian Coulthard
Fabian Coulthard

Photo by: Edge Photographics

The next round of the V8 Supercar Championship is at Eastern Creek from 25-26 August.

Fabian Coulthard - Lockwood Racing

"Fourth yesterday and fifth today and to qualify in the top ten both days; it's been a pretty good weekend! I hope this run of fourths and fifths is a solid platform for me to take the next leap onto the podium.

"We just have to continue what we're doing and it's coming sooner or later. I'm not putting any emphasis on when. I'm just fine-tuning myself and learning about the car and it will happen in good time. We're just quietly going around our business and learning valuable things along the way.

"Russell Ingall was within three car lengths for most of the race so I wouldn't say it was easy going. I had to be inch perfect every lap and keep my wits about me."

2012 Coates Hire Ipswich 300-V8 Supercar C'ship Races 16&17

Queensland Raceway Ipswich
Qualifying Race 17
01 Will Davison, Trading Post FPR Ford, 1:09.4828
02 Mark Winterbottom, Orrcon Steel FPR Ford, +0.0218
03 Jamie Whincup, TeamVodafone, +0.0250
04 Craig Lowndes, TeamVodafone, +0.0948
05 Russell Ingall, Supercheap Auto Racing, +0.1033
06 Jonathon Webb, Tekno Autosports, +0.1311
07 Fabian Coulthard, Lockwood Racing, +0.1613
08 Shane Van Gisbergen, SP Tools Racing, +0.1812
09 Michael Caruso, Fujitsu Racing, +0.2140
10 Tony D'Alberto, Team Hiflex, +0.2595

2012 Coates Hire Ipswich 300-V8 Supercar C'ship Races 16&17

Queensland Raceway Ipswich
Race 17
01 Craig Lowndes, TeamVodafone
02 Mark Winterbottom, Orrcon Steel FPR Ford
03 Jamie Whincup, TeamVodafone
04 Will Davison, Trading Post FPR Ford
05 Fabian Coulthard, Lockwood Racing
06 Russell Ingall, Supercheap Auto Racing
07 Shane Van Gisbergen, SP Tools Racing
08 Tim Slade, Lucky 7 Racing
09 Michael Caruso, Fujitsu Racing
10 Steve Owen, VIP Petfoods

Source: Brad Jones Racing

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