Coulthard excluded from Race 9 qualifying
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.
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 D22.214.171.124, Car #12 is to start Race 9 from the rear of the grid.
— Fabian Coulthard (@FabianCoulthard) April 21, 2018
Results: Armor All Qualifying for Race 9 Updated
|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|