Coulthard ready to step up in second year

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Tuesday 25th January, 2011 - 11:10am

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Cameron McConville and Fabian Coulthard

Cameron McConville and Fabian Coulthard

Fabian Coulthard says that his second year with Walkinshaw Racing should be the perfect platform to increase his competitiveness in the V8 Supercars Championship.

Coulthard, who unveiled his #61 Bundaberg Racing Team Commodore VE in Sydney’s Western Suburbs, says that he is looking forward to the coming season after a largely disappointing 2010.

“Now that I have a year under my belt at Walkinshaw Racing, I am really excited about the upcoming season,” Coulthard said.

“It is nice to have the consistency in the team carrying over from last year and the ongoing support of the Bundaberg Distilling Company. Without them we wouldn’t be able to do what we do and there are a lot of exciting things planned for 2011, which I am looking forward to getting stuck into.”

The newly-branded Bundaberg Racing Team (dropping the ‘Red’ product from its name to cover all of Bundaberg’s line of products) also saw the team confirm Cameron McConville in an identical liveried V8 Ute.

McConville will contest the Yokohama V8 Utes Series this year, as well as partnering up with one of the three WR-prepared Commodore VEs in the V8 Supercars endurance races.

Coulthard is glad to have McConville on board for the new year.

“To have Cameron onboard is also a great addition to the team line-up,” he said.

“We are entering into something that hasn’t been trialed before and I am sure Cam and I will still have that team-mate rivalry going, despite the fact he is in a ute!”

For McConville, the opportunity to get back behind the wheel on a regular basis was too good to refuse.

“After sitting on the sidelines and watching for 12 months, I am definitely ready to sink my teeth into the competitive side of racing again,” he said.

“I didn’t realise how much I missed it until I jumped back in a Walkinshaw Racing Commodore with Garth Tander at the Phillip Island 500 and Bathurst 1000 last year.

“While the Ute Series these days is very competitive, it is also going to be a lot of fun. Those guys don’t hold anything back when they go racing, so I am looking forward to the challenge but also really excited about mixing it with the guys up the front.

“To work with a brand like Bundaberg Rum is also an exciting prospect for me. I have been in this game for a long time now and have represented a lot of different brands, but I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the Bundaberg Distilling Company on some of their proposed projects this year.”

The Bundaberg Racing V8 Supercar will be seen on track for the first time this Saturday, January 29, at the Eastern Creek Test Day.

Fans of the V8 Ute Series will have to wait until the first event of the season at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide in March to see McConville’s new ute on track.

Check out the unveiling from Foxsports News

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