Fabian Coulthard

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Fabian Coulthard
Fabian Coulthard 2012 Hamilton 400.jpg
Fabian Coulthard at 2012 Hamilton 400
Nationality New Zealand
V8 Supercar Record
Car number 12
Current team DJR Team Penske
Series championships 0
Races 296
Race wins 5
Podium finishes 28
Pole positions 6
2015 Championship position 7th (2542 pts)

Fabian Coulthard (born 28 July 1982) is a New Zealand professional race car driver, currently competing in the V8 Supercars Championship.

Early career[edit]

Coulthard was born in Burnley, England[1] but raised in Auckland, New Zealand. He started his career in karts before moving into Formula Ford. He competed in the Formula Ford support races of the 2002 Australian Grand Prix. In the United Kingdom, Coulthard competed in British Formula Renault, where he was team mates with Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton. With his budget finished, Coulthard returned to race in Australia and joined the Carrera Cup, finishing third and best rookie in 2004 before returning to finish the job and be crowned champion in 2005.

V8 Supercars[edit]

In 2006 Coulthard signed to drive with Paul Morris Motorsport, he shared a car with Alan Gurr and Steve Ellery. Coulthard returned to drive the older model VZ Commodore for the same team in 2007, before stepping out after Bathurst to concentrate on his 2008 plans.

Paul Cruickshank Racing[edit]

Coulthard enjoyed a breakout season in 2008 driving for Paul Cruickshank Racing. Driving a Ford BF Falcon, Coulthard finished in the top ten on six separate occasions, including fifth place on home soil in Hamilton, New Zealand and finishing the season in a respectable 13th in the championship.

In 2009 he returned with PCR, driving a brand new Ford FG Falcon having another consistent year behind the wheel of the Falcon. At Symmons Plains Raceway Coulthard broke through for his first podium result in V8 Supercars, finishing third at the 2009 Falken Tasmania Challenge and finished the season in another consistent 16th in the championship.

Walkinshaw Racing[edit]

In 2010 he joined Walkinshaw Racing, the same operation as the famous Holden Racing Team.[2] On the first lap of the 2010 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, his left-rear tyre blew after earlier contact, spun at 280 km/h through the Chase and rolled six times in the sand-trap before coming to a stop. Coulthard has failed to replicate his 2008/2009 speed with only three respectable results being a seventh in race 5 of the championship, at the 2010 Clipsal 500 an eighth at 2010 Falken Tasmania Challenge and another 5th at the Sydney Telstra 500.

In 2011, Coulthard continued racing with Walkinshaw Racing, driving the #61 Bundaberg Racing Team VE Commodore.

Brad Jones Racing[edit]

In 2012, he left Walkinshaw Racing and moved to Brad Jones Racing.[3] Coulthard won his first V8 Supercars race at the Symmons Plains event in 2013, he went on to win a further 2 races and scored 9 podium finishes that year. He finished the year in 6th Place. 2014 was not quite as sucessful for Coulthard, with only one race win and five podiums on the way to 8th in the Championship. In 2015, coulthard opened the year strong, with a podium in the first race at the Clipsal 500 and a win in the second. He went on to score another 7 Podiums in the year, placing 7th in the championship.

DJR Team Penske[edit]

Coulthard left Brad Jones Racing at the end of the 2015 season to sign with DJR Team Penske, returning to a two-car squad after running only a single car in 2015.[4]

His second cousin is former Formula One driver David Coulthard.[5]

Career results[edit]

The Ford FG Falcon of Fabian Coulthard at the 2009 Sydney Telstra 500
The Holden VE Commodore of Fabian Coulthard at the 2011 Clipsal 500 Adelaide
Fabian Coulthard driving for Brad Jones Racing in 2012
The Holden VF Commodore of Fabian Coulthard at the 2015 Clipsal 500 Adelaide
Season Series Position Car Team
2000 New Zealand Formula Ford Championship 4th Van Diemen RF92
2001 New Zealand Formula Ford Championship 1st Van Diemen RF94
2002 British Formula Renault Championship 36th Tatuus-Renault Manor Motorsport
2003 British Formula Renault Championship 15th Tatuus-Renault Manor Motorsport
2004 Australian Carrera Cup Championship 3rd Porsche 996 GT3 Cup Greg Murphy Racing
2004 V8Supercar Championship Series 34th Holden VX Commodore Tasman Motorsport
2005 Australian Carrera Cup Championship 1st Porsche 996 GT3 Cup Greg Murphy Racing
2005 V8Supercar Championship Series 65th Holden VY Commodore Tasman Motorsport
2006 V8Supercar Championship Series 32nd Holden VZ Commodore Team Sirromet Wines
Team Kiwi Racing
2007 V8Supercar Championship Series 47th Holden VZ Commodore Team Sirromet Wines
2008 V8Supercar Championship Series 13th Ford BF Falcon Paul Cruickshank Racing
2009 V8Supercar Championship Series 16th Ford FG Falcon Paul Cruickshank Racing
2010 V8Supercar Championship Series 23rd Holden VE Commodore Walkinshaw Racing
2011 International V8 Supercars Championship 12th Holden VE Commodore Walkinshaw Racing
2012 V8SuperTourer Championship 30th Holden VE Commodore M3 Racing
2012 International V8 Supercars Championship 11th Holden VE Commodore Brad Jones Racing
2013 International V8 Supercars Championship 6th Holden VF Commodore Brad Jones Racing
2014 International V8 Supercars Championship 8th Holden VF Commodore Brad Jones Racing
2015 International V8 Supercars Championship 7th Holden VF Commodore Brad Jones Racing

Complete Porsche Supercup results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 DC Points
Fabian Coulthard 2010 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 rollover sequence
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Andy Booth
Winner of the New Zealand Grand Prix
Succeeded by
Jonny Reid

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Fabian's Website Accessed 2010
  2. ^ Coulthard confirmed at Walkinshaw Racing
  3. ^ Weeks, James (16 November 2011). "Coulthard switches to BJR for 2012 V8 campaign". motorstv.com (Motors TV). Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "Fabian Coulthard signs with DJR Team Penske in expanded two-car lineup for 2016 V8 Supercars season". Fox Sports Australia. 13 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "Coulthard Mk II makes his mark". BBC Sport. 7 January 2002. Retrieved 21 August 2007. 

External links[edit]