Championship hopeful Fabian Coulthard admits Brad Jones Racing’s development progress has been slowed following the respective crash damage suffered by team-mates Jason Bright and Dale Wood.
Personnel at Brad Jones Racing’s Albury headquarters have burnt the midnight oil following Bright’s colossal accident at the Clipsal 500 and Wood’s bone-crunching crash at the grand prix last weekend.
Work on development parts feeding through to improve the speed of the cars has subsequently been affected, with Coulthard now not expected to take advantage of improvements until after Symmons Plains.
“We have a few more development parts which we’ve got in the pipeline,” Coulthard told Speedcafe.com
“(The accidents) have kind of slowed down the progress of those parts.
“I’m pretty excited about getting them and I would have liked to have had them by Tassie.
“But with circumstances that have arisen with Brighty and Dale it has just slowed the process.
“They haven’t gone out of their way to interrupt progress, it’s part of racing and those things happen.
“I feel like those parts are something which I need and we can improve the car once we get them and take the next step.”
Coulthard sits second on the points table behind Red Bull Racing’s Craig Lowndes and is buoyed about the prospects of maintaining strong early season form at Symmons Plains.
After a disastrous Clipsal 500 in 2013, Coulthard returned fire at the Tasmanian round, notching up two wins from the three races.
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