Fabian Coulthard wants consistency in Ipswich
Lockwood Racing is aiming to consolidate Kiwi Fabian Coulthard's top three placing in the V8 Supercar Championship this weekend at Queensland Raceway in Ipswich.
It's all to play for as the second half of the season commences and Coulthard heads a congested upper half of the championship table with third to sixth covered by just 9 points.
With that in mind, a recent test day at Winton gave the team the opportunity to fine tune the Lockwood Racing VF Commodore.
"I think it was one of the most successful tests we've had," Coulthard said.
"We learnt a few things but we've also quantified some things that we haven't had time at a race meeting to quantify so hopefully it will put us in good stead for the upcoming races."
For Lockwood Racing co-owner Brad Jones, Queensland Raceway provides the opportunity to bounce back after two inconsistent rounds at Darwin and Townsville, where Coulthard finished 22nd and 14th in the double points Sunday races.
"We need to get back to the point where when we have a bad race we finish in the top 10 and if we have a good one we're on the podium," he said.
"It's obviously so tight up the top of the table that Fabian could easily drop to sixth in the championship. That wouldn't be the end of the world at this stage but it would make it more difficult to achieve the top three result in the championship that we set ourselves for the year."
Queensland Raceway is a track Coulthard is familiar with.
"QR used to be a test track when I worked for Queensland teams," Coulthard said.
"It's pretty simple but with simple tracks you often find that it's really, really close. Not many corners, predominantly turns right - you only turn left a couple of times. It's an interesting track and hopefully we get some good racing."
With so much racing between now and the end of the season, Coulthard is adamant he won't look too far ahead.
"We'll worry about the championship in December," he said.
"There's a lot of water to pass under the bridge until we get there for sure - like the enduros where there's big points on offer so we'll do the best we can each race. We're working hard - we want more race wins and podiums so we'll be fighting hard for those."
Round 8 of the V8 Supercar Championship starts on Friday with three practice sessions, followed by two qualifying sessions and two 100km races on Saturday and a 200km race on Sunday.