Fabian Coulthard tops incident filled warm-up

Sunday 16th September, 2012 - 10:37am

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Fabian Coulthard

Fabian Coulthard

Fabian Coulthard’s bid to turn around a difficult weekend so far for Lockwood Racing has seen the Kiwi record the fastest time in the warm-up for today’s Dick Smith Sandown 500.

Coulthard, whose car will start 18th in today’s race, set his best time of 1:10.32s early in the 20 minutes of running.

Mark Winterbottom recorded a lap just 0.25s slower to jump to second in the closing stages ahead of Tony D’Alberto, Rick Kelly and Michael Caruso.

Several drivers found the outfield during the session, which ended with the Andrew Jones-driven Team BOC Holden in the Turn 9 gravel, and the David Russell-driven Jack Daniel’s Racing Holden parked up against the Turn 4 tyre wall.

Jones’ primary driver Jason Bright had earlier endured a touch of his own with the Turn 4 barrier.

Others to go off included pole-sitter Shane van Gisbergen, whose car suffered a hard landing in the Turn 2/3 infield hollow, and Craig Lowndes, who locked a left-front tyre and speared off at Turn 1.

There was drama too for the #51 Greg Murphy/Owen Kelly Holden, which failed to complete a flying lap due to oil pressure issues.

See below for the full warm-up result

1 F.Coulthard/D.Besnard Holden Commodore VE2 1:10.3224
2 M.Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 1:10.5740 0:00.2516
3 T.D’Alberto/D.Wood Ford Falcon FG 1:10.5810 0:00.2586
4 R.Kelly/D.Russell Holden Commodore VE2 1:10.5962 0:00.2738
5 M.Caruso/G.Ritter Holden Commodore VE2 1:10.7411 0:00.4187
6 S.Owen/P.Morris Ford Falcon FG 1:10.7695 0:00.4471
7 J.Whincup/P.Dumbrell Holden Commodore VE2 1:10.8013 0:00.4789
8 L.Holdsworth/C.Baird Ford Falcon FG 1:10.8066 0:00.4842
9 T.Slade/A.Thompson Ford Falcon FG 1:10.8623 0:00.5399
10 C.Lowndes/W.Luff Holden Commodore VE2 1:10.9102 0:00.5878
11 J.Courtney/C.McConville Holden Commodore VE2 1:11.0029 0:00.6805
12 D.Reynolds/D.Canto Ford Falcon FG 1:11.0215 0:00.6991
13 G.Tander/N.Percat Holden Commodore VE2 1:11.0328 0:00.7104
14 R.Ingall/C.Klien Holden Commodore VE2 1:11.0408 0:00.7184
15 W.Davison/J.McIntyre Ford Falcon FG 1:11.0683 0:00.7459
16 A.Premat/J.Perkins Holden Commodore VE2 1:11.1062 0:00.7838
17 D.Wall/C.Pither Holden Commodore VE2 1:11.1497 0:00.8273
18 J.Bright/A.Jones Holden Commodore VE2 1:11.1693 0:00.8469
19 J.Webb/S.McLaughlin Holden Commodore VE2 1:11.2764 0:00.9540
20 T.Kelly/T.Blanchard Holden Commodore VE2 1:11.2835 0:00.9611
21 J.Moffat/A.Davison Ford Falcon FG 1:11.2884 0:00.9660
22 S.Johnson/A.Simonsen Ford Falcon FG 1:11.3166 0:00.9942
23 M.Patrizi/J.Reid Holden Commodore VE2 1:11.3568 0:01.0344
24 S.Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG 1:11.4976 0:01.1752
25 K.Reindler/D.Gaunt Holden Commodore VE2 1:11.5601 0:01.2377
26 D.Fiore/M.Halliday Ford Falcon FG 1:11.6904 0:01.3680
27 T.Douglas/S.Pye Holden Commodore VE2 1:11.7632 0:01.4408
28 Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE2 1:10.3224

See below for Speedcafe.com’s Sandown 500 Race Guide

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