Coulthard scores, vows to come back fighting

14:00, Jul 05 2014
Fabian Coulthard
PODIUM FINISH: Fabian Coulthard had the best results of the Kiwi drivers in Townsville.

V8 Supercar driver Fabian Coulthard scored another podium, but it was a day that could have been for Kiwi drivers in Townsville.

Coulthard was third in the second of today's races at the Townsville 500, managing to recover from a damaged car and 15th in the first race.

Finishing behind winner Garth Tander and team-mate James Courtney, Coulthard paid tribute to his crew for making the podium possible.

"The preparation for that race probably wasn't as good as it could have been, the boys did a fantastic job getting the car back out there after the damage we had," Coulthard said.

"We'll take a podium any day after something like that. Credit to those guys, they did a great job and we'll be back fighting tomorrow."

Following Coulthard home was fellow New Zealander Shane van Gisbergen, just missing out on a podium in fourth, while the other Kiwi in the field, Scott McLaughlin, was 14th.

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Earlier in race one of the day, van Gisbergen was the best placed Kiwi finishing fifth after McLaughlin failed to capitalise on a blistering start which saw him take the early lead.

McLaughlin managed to catapult himself from starting fourth on the grid into the race lead midway through the first lap, only to eventually finish behind van Gisbergen in sixth.

It meant it was a bad day for McLaughlin as he falls further behind the leaders.

The results saw defending champion Jamie Whincup eat into the points lead of Mark Winterbottom.

Whincup, who started 10th in the opening race, took the chequered flag by two seconds from Tander with Will Davidson five seconds back.

Winterbottom had to settle for a disappointing 11th.

In race two, Whincup again finished ahead of his rival, but this time only just, seventh ahead of Winterbottom in eighth.

Winterbottom now leads the season-long points race by 144 from Whincup with Craig Lowndes 191 points behind.

Kiwi Coulthard is fourth in the standings, 234 points behind, van Gisbergen sixth (306 points behind) and McLaughlin seventh (405 points behind).

Racing continues tomorrow.

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