With three rounds left in this year’s championship, five drivers have a serious shot at the title after Scott McLaughlin and Jamie Whincup suffered engine dramas at Mount Panorama.
The race ruining engine failures for Scott McLaughlin and Jamie Whincup has allowed the other Shell V-Power Racing driver Fabian Coulthard to storm straight into the championship lead.
McLaughlin and Whincup terrible Mount Panorama result has put the Supercheap Auto Racing’s Chaz Mostert and Red Bull Holden Racing Team’s Shane van Gisbergen back in the title fight.
With a different Kiwi leading the championship, Coulthard made the most of the misfortunes of the others who struck dramas in the chaotic 1000km race.
“I think if you sat me down before Bathurst and said we’d leave here leading the championship, leading the PIRTEK Enduro Cup, we would’ve taken that with both hands,” said Coulthard.
“It’s unfortunate for the other guys. We just needed to make the most of our opportunities, pick our battles, and get to the finish line. We just bided our time.”
“Obviously Nick [Percat] made a mistake and we managed to finish on the podium. Tony did a fantastic job, everyone at Shell V-Power Racing. Fantastic strategy, fast car, and we came from a lap down. So it’s a credit to everyone.
“We gave it a good crack, but it’s very tough … obviously with the dry line so there’s pretty much just one track. If you go off it you’re in the water, so it was pretty hard to pass. ”
Being one of three full-time Kiwis, Coulthard is cautious about his championship chances and says he won’t make any claims until November.
“I think we just need to remain focused. There are still a few races to go in the championship. I’ve always said I’ll evaluate my championship after the PIRTEK Enduro Cup,” he continued.
“I think you just want to be the leader come November. Everyone’s going to have a bad event. I’ve had my bad one, hopefully, I can have a little bit of smooth sailing between now and the rest of the year, and be in contention.”
“That’s all we can hope for, but we’ve got good enough guys and equipment to do that. Hopefully, we can let the results speak for themselves on the track.”
2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship standings:
|5||Shane van Gisbergen||Holden||2391|