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Fabian Coulthard Bio

Fabian CoulthardFabian Coulthard will compete in his fifth season for DJR Team Penske (DJRTP) in 2020 as he looks to continue his winning ways in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. Coulthard produced a pair of victories last season and helped the Shell V-Power Racing Team establish a new team record for victories in a season (20) while claiming its second series team title in the last three seasons.

Since he joined the DJRTP lineup in 2016, Coulthard has earned seven wins, three pole positions and 24 podium finishes. With a career-best averaging finishing position of 7.2 in 2019, Coulthard captured the first series pole of the season at Adelaide and he claimed back-to-back series victories with wins at Phillip Island and Perth. Running among the championship contenders throughout the season, Coulthard finished the year fourth in the driver's standings.

As he returns behind the wheel of the No. 12 Shell V-Power Ford Mustang in 2020, Coulthard will continue to work with race engineer Mark Fenning as the team competes for both the driver's and team championship this season.

British-Born and New Zealand raised, Coulthard started his career in karts before moving into Formula Ford in New Zealand. A trip to the Australian Grand Prix support races at Albert Park in 2002 opened the door for Coulthard, and he jetted to England to compete in Formula Renault.

He then joined the Porsche Carrera Cup, finishing third as the best rookie in 2004, before he was crowned series champion in 2005. Coulthard then signed to drive with Paul Morris Motorsports in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, sharing a car with Alan Gurr and Steve Ellery, in 2006 and 2007.

In 2008 Coulthard linked with countryman Paul Cruickshank and his PCR team to drive a Ford Falcon and he produced 14 top-10 finishes. Coulthard generated his first Supercars podium finish at Symmons Plains in 2009 before he moved to Walkinshaw Racing in 2010 for two seasons. For the 2012 season, Coulthard joined Brad Jones Racing (BJR).

Coulthard enjoyed a breakout season in 2013 as he earned three wins, three poles and 12 podium finishes for BJR. His sixth-place finish in the driver's championship marked his best at that point in his career. He scored wins in each of the next two seasons as well, while finishing among the top 10 in the championship standings.

For 2016, Coulthard joined DJR Team Penske and he recorded a solid first season for the developing team winning a pole at Adelaide and producing a pair of podium finishes. It was in 2017 - Coulthard's second year at DJR Team Penske - where everything came together. He won early and led the championship standings before posting a career-best four wins overall on the season. He finished third in the driver's championship for the best result of his career as DJRTP claimed the team title.

In 2018, Coulthard enjoyed another strong season for DJR Team Penske. He earned a win at Winton and produced three podium results and 16 top-10 finishes to claim ninth in the championship standings.

Following his resurgent season that helped generated another team championship in 2019, Coulthard hopes to add to his 12 career Supercars victories this season while building on the recent success and the legacy of DJRTP.

Coulthard Key Accomplishments

  • Finished fourth in 2001 New Zealand Formula Ford Championship
  • 2002 Alan Jones Trophy Winner at Australia Grand Prix
  • Raced 2003 British Formula Renault (alongside Lewis Hamilton) at Manor Motorsport
  • 2004 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Rookie of the Year
  • Crowned 2005 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Champion
  • Winner of 12 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship races entering 2020
  • Two Supercars team championships with DJR Team Penske (2017 and 2019)