Fading brakes seal team's fate at Symmons Plains

April 2, 2016

Track: Symmons Plains
Race:  Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint
Date:  April 2nd 2016
Race 1: 50 Laps
No. 12 Detroit Ford – Fabian Coulthard
Qualifying: P 10 - Fastest Lap 51.42
Race 1: P 18                       
No. 17 Western Star Trucks Ford – Scott Pye
Qualifying: P 13 - Fastest Lap 51.47
Race 1: P 14                       
Recap Race 1: Race 1 of the Tyrepower Tasmania Sprint was a rough and tumble affair today at Symmons Plains. The Detroit Ford of Fabian Coulthard started in 10th position and was on the move in the early laps. Running as high as 6th, Coulthard made his pit stop on lap 9.

At mid race Fabian was running in 8th position and radioed in that the brakes were a problem falling into the clutches of a number of cars. With lots of panel rubbing Fabian was pushed around on a number of occasions finally crossing the line in 18th position.

Scott Pye was also making good progress at the start and pitted some seven laps later than Fabian. With fresher tyres he was in good shape but became involved in a huge battle with Courtney, the Holden driver almost putting the Western Star Ford off the track at the final turn. He made up three spots after his Pit Stop and crossed the line in 14th place.
Fabian Coulthard Quote: "The Detroit Ford started well but I felt the brakes were going away very early on. Our pit strategy was good and we got up to P6 at one stage. But as the race went on the brakes became worse and I had very little to fight with. We will have to work tonight to get the car back in shape for Sunday."
Scott Pye Quote:  "Qualifying put us on the back foot a bit as were in the mid pack at the start. I was fairly happy with the early lap progress in the Western Star Ford, and we ran until Lap 16 before we pitted. With fresh tyres I thought we could run harder but we got belted up by Courtney and ran with him for a number of laps. Towards the end there were guys on fresh tyres carving their way through and I really could not make any more progress."
About Western Star Trucks
Western Star Trucks has a long and proud history in Australia and New Zealand. Our reputation for designing, building and distributing heavy-duty trucks is well known around the world. And like any good reputation, it wasn’t built overnight.

The brand celebrated its 45th Anniversary in 2012, its 30th Anniversary in Australia in 2013, and continues to balance modern technology and hand assembly in every truck. The result: Western Star remains the premier producer of custom heavy-duty trucks in the world. And though advances in technology have made manufacturing faster than ever, you’ll find that we build every truck in the same manner we did when we started over 45 years ago: by hand. It’s this attention to detail and drivers’ needs that have made Western Star Trucks what it is today: the ultimate in comfort, power, convenience and durability.
About Detroit
Detroit has the most advanced range of fuel efficient and durable diesel engines in the world, available in a wide variety of horsepower and torque configurations. Detroit engines feature market leading low whole-of-life costs and warranty conditions.  All Detroit on-highway products have value-added features from on board fleet management data to dashboard driver display modules. We offer unparalleled support through genuine parts, advanced technical expertise, maintenance programs and a network of branches and dealers across Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and the Philippines.