Coulthard shocker costs ti­tle chase lead

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - JAMES PHELPS

FABIAN Coulthard’s week­end of woe con­tin­ued yes­ter­day with the DJR Team Penske pi­lot tak­ing an­other Townsville tum­ble.

Coulthard’s ti­tle hopes took a bat­ter­ing when he fol­lowed up a Satur­day shocker with a Sun­day hor­ror show.

Coulthard fin­ished 21st yes­ter­day and slipped to third in the ti­tle fight. “It is one to for­get that is for sure,’’ Coulthard said.

“But I have been in far worse sit­u­a­tions be­fore. And our sea­son is far from over.”

Sur­ren­der­ing his cham­pi­onship lead to Shell V- Power team­mate Scott McLaugh­lin when he fin­ished 11th in the first 200km race, Coulthard dropped an­other spot yes­ter­day as Red Bull war­rior Jamie Whin­cup over­took him. Coulthard failed in qual­i­fy­ing to all­but ruin his hopes of hit­ting back with a Townsville win.

Things went from bad to worse in yes­ter­day’s race when he col­lected Holden driver Tim Slade. That sent him from 12th to 18th place in the race be­fore he was hit with a 15- sec­ond penalty.

Coulthard was left in a hope­less bat­tle at the back as Whin­cup pounced to steal sec­ond place in the cham­pi­onship from the Kiwi.

Lead­ing by 10 points be­fore his for­get­table week­end, Coulthard now trails McLaugh­lin by 158 points and Whin­cup by 152.

“We have a lit­tle bit of work to do,’’ Coulthard said.

“We will go back to the draw­ing board and come back bet­ter.’’

Driver Fabian Coulthard.

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