Coulthard just misses home win in New Zealand

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Team-mate Jason Bright won the race, earning the team its coveted Jason Richards trophy in memory of the former Team BOC driver.

After qualifying third for both of today's races at Pukekohe Lockwood Racing's Fabian Coulthard almost converted the first into a win but it was not to be.

Fabian Coulthard, Lockwood Racing
Fabian Coulthard, Lockwood Racing

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A squabble between Jamie Whincup and Mark Winterbottom handed him the lead at around half distance but the Kiwi was subsequently passed by Will Davison and Shane Van Gisbergen after a safety car restart on lap 24. He ultimately finished third.

In the final race of the day Coulthard lost a position off the start and battled all race with Garth Tander and Jamie Whincup but was denied the podium.

Team-mate Jason Bright won the race, earning the team its coveted Jason Richards trophy in memory of the former Team BOC driver.

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Fabian Coulthard "In the week leading up to this race I knew that if I couldn't win the JR trophy, I wanted Brighty to bring it home. JR was a good family friend.

We used to go-kart many years ago and stay with each other's family. It's a tough pill to swallow. It's hard to talk about it; it's just very emotional for us as a team.

"Off the restart in the first race today I felt like I had a flat tyre. I spoke to Will [Davison] and he felt exactly the same. The car was sliding all over the place.

I was probably a bit cautious and I'm very disappointed not to get a race win here but we'll regroup. If third's a bad result then our expectations have obviously grown recently!"

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