Four races have now delivered four strong results for Lockwood Racing's Fabian Coulthard, who went from 11th to fifth in today's V8 Supercar race at Albert Park.
After an excellent start the Kiwi was well clear of a huge crash on the opening lap, which saw Taz Douglas up-ended and five cars retired.
Coulthard blazed off the line on the restart, reaching P5 by the end of lap one. He was soon battling Will Davison before completing his compulsory pit stop on the last lap, which saw him rejoin P5.
V8 Supercars' final race will start tomorrow at 13.20 and Coulthard's eyeing the podium.
"I hate to say it but Davison's car was a little stronger than ours in certain areas and ours was stronger than his in others so we just couldn't get in a position to make a pass.
"The easiest time to pass cars is off the line so I had to make two good starts, which we achieved. On the second I went down the inside of Todd Kelly and Reynolds and neither of them shut the door. It's good to race up the front and not get a mark on the car. The racing's so much cleaner.
"We made the car a lot better than yesterday's race so if we can make the same leap forward for tomorrow it would be nice to stand on one of those steps on the podium."
2012 Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix
ALBERT PARK GRAND PRIX CIRCUIT
2012 V8 Supercars Albert Park Challenge ? RACE 3
01 Mark Winterbottom, Orrcon Steel FPR Ford
02 Garth Tander, Holden Racing Team
03 Will Davison, Trading Post FPR Ford
04 Shane Van Gisbergen, SP Tools Racing
05 Fabian Coulthard, Lockwood Racing
06 Lee Holdsworth, Irwin Racing
07 Craig Lowndes, TeamVodafone
08 Todd Kelly, Jack Daniel's Racing
09 Greg Murphy, Pepsi Max Crew
10 David Reynolds, The Bottle-O Racing Team
Published: 17 March 2012.