Fabian Coulthard claims another DJR Team Penske 1-2
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 18:26
A dozen drivers were caught up in the mayhem in a slick Tasmanian circuit.
It appears that the majority of the impacted dozen won't be able to compete in the rest of the Symmons Plains meet.
In wet conditions, the DJR Team Penske man won his first pole position in his new team with a 57.418 second lap in Tasmania.
The victory was historic but it was anything but straight-forward.
Jamie Whincup holds the qualifying lap record of 0:50.9676, while the race lap record belongs to Rick Kelly's 0:51.4713.
Tim Slade, Nick Percat, Tim Blanchard, James Moffat, Alex Rullo, Will Davison and Taz Douglas were also involved.
At the front, the Falcons of Coulthard and McLaughlin steered clear of the drama.
"I didn't think it was possible after quali", said Coulthard.
"The smile on Dick's face is getting bigger and bigger".
"I was stopped and a auto behind me, I think it was Taz (Douglas), didn't see the accident and hit me". One-two for the team.
In the mayhem, McLaughlin opted to head into the pits - a move that is likely to send him to the back of the grid for the restart.
Most of the drivers appeared uninjured although Tekno Autosport's Will Davison was being tended to by medical team having been able to get out of his auto.
Veterans Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes will begin from the third row, with David Reynolds pipping the pair for fourth.
Mostert, who finished seventh, was left to rue his late race misfortune.
Coulthard is denied the overall series lead due to a 35-point deduction for his role in the Saturday crash.
"I could see something was happening with Coulthard and Rick and then I've been hit in the rear and I was sideways with the whole field coming over me", Tander said, according to Supercars.com.
The race restarted under the safety vehicle, albeit shortened, with Shane van Gisbergen taking the win, although the series has said that no points will be awarded.
"The boys did everything right today". "Everything was in our hands - one little lock, run a little wide, touch a bit of water, and you just drop off the back of the kerb".