Coulthard Takes The Heat
Working out in a sauna is how Lockwood Racing's Fabian Coulthard described today's Clipsal 500 after his cool-suit failed on lap four of the 78-lap race.
The cockpit was a sweltering 50 degrees with little ventilation but Coulthard still managed to pull off a ninth-place finish, placing him seventh in the V8 Supercar Championship after his first round with the team.
The next race will be a none-championship round in support of the Australian Grand Prix from 15-18 March in Melbourne.
Note: cools suits are tube-covered vests worn under the driver's race suit to circulate cool water pumped from an icebox.
"They talk about the car being like a mobile sauna when we do PR work, but that race brought it to another level. At the end of the day, it's my job and I've got to do it. We train outside the car to be able to cope with all circumstances and that race shows that the training pays off.
"Clipsal is one of those events that, if you have a good round here, you can hold that position for many rounds to come. It's a good starting block and it's encouraging for me having just joined the team. I'm leaving pretty happy."