Coulthard explains form slump

Fabian Coulthard has moved to explain his recent form slump and says he’s going “back to grassroots” at Pukekohe to turn it around.

The Shell V-Power Racing driver held second in points until a sudden drop-off in results, taking placings of 10th, 18th, 12th and 10th across the last four races at Ipswich and The Bend.

As a result, he has dropped to third behind Tickford Racing’s Chaz Mostert.

Coulthard’s championship-leading teammate Scott McLaughlin meanwhile has extended his dominance, taking three pole positions and three race victories in that same period.

Coulthard scored five podiums in a row at one stage earlier in the year, including two wins, but feels the team’s development path during 2019 has gone away from his strengths.

“I just need a car in this later part of the year that suits me,” he told Supercars Trackside.

“We’ve gone down a different path and it simply doesn’t suit me.”

The 37-year-old highlighted the different set-up preferences between himself and McLaughlin.

“He likes a car that is very direct and very nervous and it’s very different to how I like it,” Coulthard said.

“You look down the field, I think my generation of drivers, I think we all like the car a little bit more stable on the way into the corner, the younger boys like it a little bit looser.”

The difference was underlined last year in the final season of the FG X Falcon, where McLaughlin took the title and Coulthard struggled to ninth.

On home turf this weekend for the ITM Auckland SuperSprint, the #12 driver has a plan to rejuvenate his campaign.

“We’re going to go back to grassroots, what we did at the start of the year, and get our championship back on track,” he said.

Coulthard explains form slump

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