Twelve thousand kilometres is a long way to travel for a lack-lustre weekend but Fabian Coulthard says Lockwood Racing salvaged the best result possible in Abu Dhabi.
The Kiwi finished tenth in yesterday's final 12-lap sprint race despite struggling all weekend with low grip and difficult handling. On Saturday he finished tenth and 11th in the first two races.
With only two race meetings left this year, Coulthard's eyes are firmly on the championship table and he says this weekend was all about finishing ahead of his closest rivals.
V8 Supercars will be back in action at Lockwood Racing's test track, Winton Motor Raceway, from 16-18th November.
"I got another good start but probably wasn't as lucky as Saturday. I got kind of hung out to dry so was a little bit unlucky not to get more places off the start.
"All in all, it wasn't a bad race but, obviously, the car's still miles off from where we need it to be. We're getting the one-lap speed out of it but to do more than one lap quickly, it just doesn't have it in it.
"We were a little bit on the defence in that race but were able to keep Lowndes, Reynolds and people like that, who are ahead of us in the championship, behind us. If three top tens is a bad weekend, it's still not too bad."
Etihad Airways - V8 Supercars C'ship - Races 24, 25 & 26
YAS MARINA FORMULA 1 CIRCUIT, UAE
V8 SUPERCARS ? Race 26
01 Jamie Whincup, TeamVodafone
02 Will Davison, Trading Post FPR Ford
03 Tim Slade, Lucky 7 Racing
04 Shane Van Gisbergen, SP Tools Racing
05 Mark Winterbottom, Orrcon Steel FPR Ford
06 James Moffat, Team Norton
07 Garth Tander, Holden Racing Team
08 Lee Holdsworth, Irwin Racing
09 Rick Kelly, Kelly Racing
10 Fabian Coulthard, Lockwood Racing
Published: 05 November 2012.