For Lockwood Racing's Fabian Coulthard it was a case of 'what could have been' in the final Formula One Rolex Australian Grand Prix V8 Supercar support race.
Coulthard needed a strong result to guarantee a place on the podium - based on points accumulated throughout the weekend's four races.
Starting second on the grid, the Lockwood Racing VF Commodore made a strong getaway behind points leader Shane Van Gisbergen.
After shadowing the Tekno Commodore for half a lap Coulthard made his move, scrambling around the outside at turn nine but locking up a tyre in the process.
Now leading, it was soon apparent that all was not well, the flat spot causing handling issues for the Lockwood Racing Commodore.
While Coulthard eventually dropped to fifth position, he was still in contention for a podium spot overall.
Unfortunately that wasn't to be as Nissan's Michael Caruso inched, quite literally, across the line ahead of HRT's Garth Tander, netting him third and dropping Coulthard down to fourth in the final event standings.
"With the flat spot, I was suprised by how early Shane braked and it caught me out a little bit. For the first half lap I thought the car was pretty racy. We were able to stay right on Shane for the first part but 12 laps around here with a severely flat spotted front tyre is pretty hard work. It definitely gives me confidence for Tassie (at the end of the month), we've got a really fast car and this weekend's been good, I think we've made inroads with the car and made it better so I'm definitely looking forward to getting to Tassie in a couple of weeks."
Volvo's Scott McLaughlin ran out the eventual winner of the Formula One Rolex Australian Grand Prix V8 Support event with Craig Lowndes and Michael Caruso rounding out the top three.
For final event standings click here for our RACE CONTROL
The next V8 Supercar event is the Tyrepower Tasmania 400 from Friday March 28.
Published: 16 March 2014.