Coulthard breaks Bathurst lap record in Practice 3

Thursday 8th October, 2015 - 4:18pm

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Fabian Coulthard reset his own lap record

Fabian Coulthard reset his own lap record

Fabian Coulthard eclipsed his own lap record to edge out Prodrive’s highly fancied Fords for the top spot in Thursday practice at Bathurst.

The Kiwi recorded a 2:05.48s with 60 seconds of the 45 minute session remaining, shaving 0.13s from his previous record time set in qualifying last year.

Mark Winterbottom spent much of the session at the top of the order before being shuffled back amid a late flurry of fast times.

The championship leader responded on his final lap but fell just 0.1s shy of the Brad Jones Racing Holden.

“I could tell by the first practice that it was going to be a pretty quick day,” said Coulthard.

“I thought someone would break the record and I’m just glad it’s me that did it.

“We were struggling a little bit but we put some tyres on and there you go. I’m pretty happy.

“It’s a great feeling, it does everything you expect of it,” he added of the speed.

“It was three and a half seconds better than whatever my (dashboard) reference lap was, so it’s hard to know where you are on the track.”

David Reynolds and Chaz Mostert underlined Prodrive’s competitive form with third and fourth respectively.

Shane van Gisbergen made it five drivers in the 2:05s as he was among the late improvers aboard the Tekno Holden.

Craig Lowndes ended a quiet day for Red Bull in sixth ahead of James Moffat, Jason Bright, Garth Tander and Michael Caruso.

Lowndes’ team-mate Jamie Whincup ended up 15th among a midfield that saw just 0.5s separate sixth from 17th.

“Some people have been hoarding tyres to get here and we haven’t,” said Red Bull team owner Roland Dane.

“At the moment we’re just playing with fuel economy and things like that.”

The day’s final session ran green for its duration, with 26 cars on track as Nissan Motorsport continued repairs following David Russell’s crash in the prior session.

Simona de Silvestro lifted the Supergirls wildcard from the bottom of the order, improving 2.5s from her Practice 1 best to record a 2:09.17s.

Practice for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 continues tomorrow ahead of the afternoon’s qualifying session.

Result: V8 Supercars Practice 3, Mount Panorama 

1 Freightliner Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 2:05.4786R
2 Pepsi Max Crew Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 2:05.5784r 00.0998
3 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG/X 2:05.7315 00.2529
4 Pepsi Max Crew C.Mostert/C.Waters Ford Falcon FG/X 2:05.7322 00.2536
5 Team Darrell Lea STIX S.Van Gisbergen/J.Webb Holden Commodore VF 2:05.8680 00.3894
6 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 2:06.1979 00.7193
7 Nissan Motorsport James Moffat Nissan Altima 2:06.2229 00.7443
8 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 2:06.3127 00.8341
9 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 2:06.3905 00.9119
10 Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 2:06.4200 00.9414
11 Super Black Racing Andre Heimgartner Ford Falcon FG/X 2:06.5386 01.0600
12 DJR Team Penske Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG/X 2:06.5703 01.0917
13 Wilson Security Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 2:06.5855 01.1069
14 GB Galvanizing Racing Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 2:06.6357 01.1571
15 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 2:06.6802 01.2016
16 Holden Racing Team J.Perkins/R.Ingall Holden Commodore VF 2:06.7006 01.2220
17 Nissan Motorsport Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 2:06.7015 01.2229
18 Supercheap Auto Racing T.Slade/T.D’Alberto Holden Commodore VF 2:06.9227 01.4441
19 Repair Management Aust Racing N.Percat/O.Gavin Holden Commodore VF 2:07.1545 01.6759
20 Erebus Motorsport V8 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 2:07.2622 01.7836
21 Walkinshaw Racing L.Holdsworth/S.Bourdais Holden Commodore VF 2:07.3254 01.8468
22 Team Cooldrive T.Blanchard/K.Reindler Holden Commodore VF 2:07.8057 02.3271
23 Wilson Security Racing GRM D.Wall/C.Pither Volvo S60 2:07.9912 02.5126
24 Erebus Motorsport V8 A.Walsh/J.Le Brocq Mercedes E63 AMG 2:07.9914 02.5128
25 Harvey Norman Supergirls S.De Silvestro/R.Gracie Ford Falcon FG/X 2:09.1675 03.6889
26 Plus Fitness / Go Karts Go A.Russell/D.Russell Holden Commodore VF 2:09.1887 03.7101

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