Coulthard goes back-to-back in Supercars

Fabian Coulthard has won his second successive Coates Hire Supercars race at the 2017 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

Coulthard's Shell-backed Ford Falcon was straight into the groove from the outset, with second-placed Jamie Whincup (Holden Commodore) always in close company but just unable to make a realistic attempt at annexing the top spot around the expansive Albert Park layout.

The final gap between the pair after 12 laps was just under one second, followed by a huge gap back to third place finisher and race one winner Scott McLaughlin (Falcon).

"It's fantastic to win again," said Coulthard, who also set the fastest lap of the race (1:56.6730). "All credit goes to the team for preparing a great car.

"Albert Park's a track I like a lot and I have enjoyed some success here in the past in other categories, and it's now great to do the same in Supercars."

Coulthard's biggest test may be still to come, however, as he will start from second position on the grid behind Whincup in tomorrow's final race after being on pole for the first three events.

Chaz Mostert (Falcon) was fourth in race three, just ahead of James Courtney (Commodore), with the battling duo of David Reynolds (Commodore) and Michael Caruso (Nissan Altima) another four seconds in arrears.

Will Davidson (Commodore) was eighth from James Moffatt (Commodore) and reigning Supercars champion Shane van Gisbergen (Commodore), who carved his way through the field from 22nd on the grid.

Commodore duo Lee Holdsworth and Nick Percat were both non-starters after heavy shunts over the last couple of days, with their respective teams now repairing the cars ahead of round two of the 2017 Supercars title at Symmons Plains in Tasmania from April 7-9.

Race four is at 1:05pm on Sunday.

 

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