Coulthard finishes 4th in Clipsal 500 race 3

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Cool, calm and collecting points

Lockwood Racing's Fabian Coulthard leaves the streets of Adelaide second in the championship after another haul of points in the third race of the Clipsal 500 on Sunday.

Fourth place was the reward for a cool, calm, performance amidst scenes of chaos.

Following two 5th place finishes in the 125 kilometre races on Saturday, Coulthard was confident leading into qualifying for the traditional 250 kilometre race.

Fabian Coulthard, Lockwood Racing
Fabian Coulthard, Lockwood Racing

Photo by: Edge Photographics

Unfortunately, the Lockwood Racing VF Commodore was again mysteriously lacking in grip for qualifying, 16th an uncharacteristic grid position.

While the car struggled in qualifying - the race was a different story, with Coulthard back on the pace.

While chaos surrounded him, Coulthard ran a trouble free race, securing 4th and valuable points for the championship.

HRT's James Courtney won the race from Red Bull's Craig Lowndes with Tekno's Shane Van Gisbergen third.

Coulthard finishes the round second on points with 230, behind Lowndes on 282.

Fabian Coulthard:

"Leaving Adelaide second on points is great. Last year we were 23rd and we finished 6th in the championship so it\'s a great start. We just need to keep the momentum going.

Qualifying is definitely something we can improve. In every session other than qualifying we've been in the top 5. In all 3 qualifying sessions we've been out of the top 10. We need to have a look at that and try to rectify the problem. I think if we can get a better qualifying car we can run at the front and get a better result."

The V8 Supercars are back on track in a supporting role at the Australian Grand Prix on March 13-16 before the championship resumes in Tasmania on March 28-30.

Lockwood Racing

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Tags adelaide, clipsal 500, craig lowndes, fabian coulthard, james courtney, lockwood racing, van gisbergen