Mar 20, 2022
Fabian Coulthard Doubles Up at Phillip Island
It was a case of double delight for Stan Sport Wall Racing driver Fabian Coulthard as he drove to victory in today’s final Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series race at Phillip Island.
It was a thrilling start to the final Supercheap Auto TCR Australia encounter as polesitter Jay Hanson was beaten off the line by previous race winner Fabian Coulthard, however the best start of all came from Swyftx GRM’s Jordan Cox.
The trio went side-by-side through Turn 1, but both Hanson and Cox went wide leaving Coultahrd to hold a comfortable advantage back to the Garry Rogers Motorsport Peugeot 308 TCR of Ben Bargwanna.
In turn, Dylan O’Keeffe in the Schaeffler GRM Peugeot took was third, but the Honda Wall Racing Civic Type R TCR of Tony D’Alberto was adding pressure.
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Cox and Hanson continued their battle, which ended badly for the new Audi as contact approaching Turn 1 led to a tyre failure for the Race 1 winner.
Another to strike trouble was Alfa Romeo privateer Braydan Willmington, who lost control exiting Turn 1 and hit the outside wall causing enough damage to end his race.
A wild moment for Kody Garland caused by a rear-end failure bought out the safety car and lost Coulthard a significant advantage.
The restart was action packed as Bargwanna and O’Keeffe pressured Coulthard, but behind drivers were three-wide, but all emerged unscathed. Aaron Cameron was one sending it down the outside of the Ashley Seward Motorsport Alfa Romeo of Michael Caruso.
LIQUI MOLY Team MPC’s Will Brown’s race came alive after the restart as he charged to second place and put Coulthard under immense pressure during the closing stages, but was unable to take his first race victory since 2019.
Coulthard held on to take a 0.14s victory from Brown, while Bargwanna backed up his podium in Race 2 to finish third, with O’Keeffe and new series leader Tony D’Alberto in rounding out the top five.
Previous series leaders privateer Zac Soutar (eighth) and Josh Buchan (14th) completed tough weekends.
D’Alberto will take a two-point lead to the next round of Supercheap Auto TCR Australia at Mount Panorama as support to the Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour.