Fabian Coulthard scored valuable points today.
Lockwood Racing's Fabian Coulthard scored valuable points today in the first race of the ITM 500 at Pukekohe in Auckland but he remains keen to improve the car for the remaining three races as he fights to win the Jason Richards Trophy.
Today's schedule of a one practice session followed immediately by qualifying and then a 100km race afforded teams precious little time to work on the car and the Lockwood Racing VF Commodore proved difficult to handle.
After qualifying ninth, Coulthard kept his nose clean in the race to finish a solid, if uneventful, seventh.
"It's been a hard old day really with those short turn around times and limited practice, we didn't really have a chance to tune up the car at all so it was tough. I didn't really pass a car - just gained places from other cars falling off the track or being run off the track. We'll have a look at things overnight to make it a lot better and hopefully it will be a better day tomorrow."
Team mate and reigning Jason Richards Trophy winner Jason Bright won the opening race of the ITM 500.
Richards, a proud New Zealander, drove for Brad Jones Racing from 2009 before passing away after a battle with cancer in 2011.