COULTHARD LANDS ONE-OFF TCR DEAL

Fabian Coulthard will step into a Honda in Tasmania. Photo: Supplied.

FORMER Supercars race winner Fabian Coulthard is making the jump to the TCR Australia Series – in a one-off at Symmons Plains next weekend.

The former Team Sydney Supercars racer, not given a seat by new PremiAir Racing owner Peter Xibberas for 2022, will drive the second Wall Racing Honda Civic Type R with support from Stan Sport, the new broadcaster partner announced this morning of what is now dubbed the ARG ‘SpeedSeries’.

Coulthard will reunite with former Supercars endurance co-driver Tony D’Alberto driving the team’s second Civic Type R driven last year by John Martin.

The Gold Coast-based Kiwi is expected to land a prime Supercars endurance seat for this year’s Repco Bathurst 1000 and has been linked to Walkinshaw Andretti United.

Despite his vast experience in a variety of categories, his TCR debut at AWC Race Tasmania marks his first front-wheel-drive racing experience.

Confirmation of Coulthard’s cameo TCR Australia appearance follows Honda Australia’s recommitment to support team-mate D’Alberto’s program for a third season.

“It’s an exciting opportunity to guest drive in TCR with the backing of Stan Sport,” said Coulthard.

“David’s team is very professional and is the perfect way to sample what TCR is all about. I’ll be looking to get some tips from my old mate Tony D’Alberto and I’m excited to partner with him again.

“Although I lack experience racing a front-wheel-drive touring car compared to my rivals, it provides a new challenge for me.

“It’s great to be a part of the launch of the Stan Sport deal too. The more motorsport we have on our televisions is great news, so I’m looking forward to seeing how it plays out over the next few years.”