Coulthard strikes back for BJR in Race 15
Fabian Coulthard has stopped Red Bull Racing Australia’s five-race streak by taking Race 15 at the Circuit of the Americas.
Coulthard greeted the chequered flag 0.9s clear of second placed Craig Lowndes having controlled the final 13 laps following a Safety Car restart.
The win however is currently provisional due to a post-race investigation into whether or not Coulthard maintained an appropriate speed prior to the restart.
Jamie Whincup led the opening laps from pole but soon fell behind Mark Winterbottom, Coulthard and Lowndes as he struggled with his Holden.
After overtaking Whincup, Winterbottom led until pitting when the window opened on Lap 11, where he lost considerable time with yet another slow tyre change from Ford Performance Racing.
Winterbottom was seventh by the time the pitstop cycle shook out and could make no headway from there, his pace hindered by being forced to run a left-over tyre from Race 1 on the troublesome left-rear.
Jonathon Webb finished fourth after capatilising on a slow restart from Rick Kelly to take both the Nissan and Garth Tander’s Holden in one move.
Tander eventually finished behind Webb and the second Tekno Holden of Shane van Gisbergen, who showed impressive pace in the closing stages.
Jason Bright came home eighth ahead of a fading Rick Kelly and James Courtney.
Will Davison could manage just 12th in his Pepsi Max FPR Falcon and has now lost second place in the points standings to Lowndes.
The fourth and final 100km race of the weekend his set to kick-off at 1700 local time.
See below for the full Race 15 result
|1||Lockwood Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Holden Commodore VF||27||45:24.8159|
|2||Red Bull Racing Australia||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||27||45:25.7561|
|3||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||27||45:27.3633|
|4||Tekno Autosports||Jonathon Webb||Holden Commodore VF||27||45:29.9763|
|5||TEKNO Team VIP||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||27||45:35.2870|
|6||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||27||45:35.6196|
|7||Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG||27||45:36.5976|
|8||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF||27||45:36.7870|
|9||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||27||45:38.6060|
|10||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||27||45:39.9827|
|11||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Holden Commodore VF||27||45:41.8723|
|12||Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford||Will Davison||Ford Falcon FG||27||45:41.9135|
|13||Wilson Security Racing||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG||27||45:47.4055|
|14||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||27||45:47.7188|
|15||Norton 360 Racing||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||27||45:48.3375|
|16||The Bottle-O FPR Ford||David Reynolds||Ford Falcon FG||27||45:48.7838|
|17||Norton 360 Racing||James Moffat||Nissan Altima||27||45:48.9888|
|18||Jeld-wen FPR Ford||Alex Davison||Ford Falcon FG||27||45:50.5707|
|19||Wilson Security Racing||David Wall||Holden Commodore VF||27||45:50.8420|
|20||Heavy Haulage Australia Racing||Tim Slade||Mercedes E63 AMG||27||45:52.1733|
|21||Irwin Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Mercedes E63 AMG||27||45:52.7346|
|22||Supercheap Auto Racing||Russell Ingall||Holden Commodore VF||27||45:55.6346|
|23||Dodo Insurance Racing||Dean Fiore||Holden Commodore VF||27||45:59.0136|
|24||SP Tools Racing||Maro Engel||Mercedes E63 AMG||27||45:59.5244|
|25||ekol Racing||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore VF||27||45:59.7223|
|26||Team HIFLEX||Tony D’Alberto||Holden Commodore VF||27||46:00.0796|
|27||Wilson Security Racing||Tim Blanchard||Ford Falcon FG||27||46:09.1818|
|28||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Alexandre Premat||Holden Commodore VF||27||46:36.5475|