Coulthard – life in the fast lane

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As Ipswich gears up for the Supercars competing in the Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint, Fabian Coulthard shares his thoughts on being a championship contender, and the excitement on becoming a Dad.

Consistency is the key for Shell V-Power Team Driver Fabian Coulthard. He says that is what it takes to be a championship contender.

It’s been a stellar start to the season for both the British born New Zealand driver and his teammate Scott McLaughlin, who have consistently remained at the top of the leaderboard.

However, Coulthard knows they need to maximise on their past successes and work on their previous struggles to maintain their winning streak.

“We’ve been to some tracks this year that we’ve struggled at last year, and we’ve been able to turn it into positives, and tracks we’ve done well at previously we’ve been able to maximise those events again this year,” Coulthard said.

“We’re improving the car all the time and getting on top of some of the weaknesses and lack of consistency we had last year. That’s been one of the biggest things that’s turned the team around this year; we’ve been able to be consistent at lots of tracks on the calendar, and it’s nice to be on the podium for those events.”

Despite the success of Coulthard and McLaughlin, this seasons performance from Triple Eight drivers Jamie Whincup and Shane Van Gisbergen still remains a threat. “You can’t rule out the usual candidates like Triple Eight that are the benchmark team,” Coulthard said. However, for Coulthard personally, he thinks his biggest competition will come between him and McLaughlin.

“I always say your biggest competition is your teammate, you want to be the best in your team and Scotty has had a great run this year like I have,” Coulthard said.

“We’re going to have a good battle between the both of us. It’ll probably come down to the one who has the least bad events out of us two.”

Competitors on the track, the camaraderie between Coulthard and McLaughlin is strong, which is a contributing factor to their success this season.

“Scotty and I have been getting along well; obviously on the track we are still competitors and we know the boundaries, so that’s pretty cool,” Coulthard said.

Off the track, Coulthard’s life is about to change dramatically with partner Becky Lamb expecting twins in October.

“I’m happy, no, stoked really that I’m going to be a Dad,” he said. “As long as they’re both fit and healthy, I’ll be happy.

“They’re due end of October so hopefully I’ll have had Bathurst and the Gold Coast race out of the way, so by then I can have a little bit of time to just be a Dad.” You can cheer on Fabian Coulthard and Scott McLaughlin at Queensland Raceway 28 to 30 July. For tickets and further information, visit www.supercars.com.