Coulthard excluded from Race 9 qualifying

Fabian Coulthard pic: Matt O’Brien

Fabian Coulthard has been excluded from Armor All qualifying for a technical infringement and will start last on the grid for this afternoon’s race at the WD-40 Phillip Island 500.

Coulthard had set the second-fastest time in the 20-minute Armor All Qualifying session, making for a Shell V-Power Racing front row lockout.

Car #12 has subsequently been excluded from qualifying for a breach of regulations concerning the rear wing, namely that it was adjusted to a level exceeding the allowed paramaters.

“A genuine error was made when a change happened in session,” said DJR Team Penske managing director Ryan Story.

“I accept responsibility and whilst it made no difference to the performance of the car, we’ve taken our medicine.

“Unfortunately that means Fabian will start last for this afternoon’s race.”

The DJRTP Fords had been the class of the field in qualifying, with Coulthard 0.3551s faster than Triple Eight’s Jamie Whincup, who had originally qualified third.

Both of the Stapylton squad’s drivers did not even attempt a third run at qualifying like the rest of the field had, in a bid to conserve tyres for the 250km race which followed.

Race 9 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship starts at 1545 local time/AEST.

Stewards summary (Excerpt)

During Parc Ferme following Qualifying for Race 9, Car #12, Fabian Coulthard, was inspected by the S&TD for compliance with the rear wing angle as stipulated in the VSD. Car #12 was found to have been in breach of Rule C1.1.2 and C2.1.1 in that Car #12 did not comply with the relevant VSD during Qualifying for Race 9. The S&TD found the maximum rear wing angle defined in the VSD was exceeded by Car #12. Following an admission to the breach by Racing Team (Aust) Pty Ltd, the Stewards imposed a Penalty of Disqualification of Car #12 from Qualifying for Race 9 of the 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. By virtue of Rule D7.2.1.2, Car #12 is to start Race 9 from the rear of the grid.

Results: Armor All Qualifying for Race 9 Updated

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Fastest lap Split
1 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Scott McLaughlin Ford Falcon FG/X 1:29.5057
2 1 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.0523 0:00.5466
3 97 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.1799 0:00.6742
4 888 Autobarn Lowndes Racing Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.2002 0:00.6945
5 15 Castrol Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1:30.2635 0:00.7578
6 9 Erebus Penrite Racing David Reynolds Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.2979 0:00.7922
7 55 Supercheap Auto Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG/X 1:30.3156 0:00.8099
8 99 Erebus Thermosphere Racing Anton De Pasquale Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.3559 0:00.8502
9 6 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Falcon FG/X 1:30.4386 0:00.9329
10 230 Milwaukee Racing Will Davison Ford Falcon FG/X 1:30.4598 0:00.9541
11 200 The Bottle-O Racing Team Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 1:30.5130 0:01.0073
12 8 Coregas Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.5289 0:01.0232
13 14 Freightliner Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.5411 0:01.0354
14 33 Wilson Security Racing GRM Garth Tander Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.5849 0:01.0792
15 2 Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.5859 0:01.0802
16 25 Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing James Courtney Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.7874 0:01.2817
17 19 Tekno Autosports Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.7876 0:01.2819
18 56 MEGA Racing Richie Stanaway Ford Falcon FG/X 1:30.8276 0:01.3219
19 34 Wilson Security Racing GRM James Golding Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.8359 0:01.3302
20 7 Plus Fitness Racing Andre Heimgartner Nissan Altima 1:31.0079 0:01.5022
21 18 Preston Hire Racing Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore ZB 1:31.0260 0:01.5203
22 35 Bigmate Racing Todd Hazelwood Ford Falcon FG/X 1:31.1049 0:01.5992
23 21 Team CoolDrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore ZB 1:31.3402 0:01.8345
24 78 Team Harvey Norman Simona de Silvestro Nissan Altima 1:31.4633 0:01.9576
25 23 Drive Racing Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1:29.5057 0:00.5466
DSQ 12 Shell V-Power Racing Team Fabian Coulthard Ford Falcon FG/X

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