Fabian Coulthard was born on 28th of July 1982 in Burnley, England but raised in Auckland, New Zealand. The interesting fact is that Fabian Coulthard is a relative of ex- F1 driver David Coulthard.
Start in Formula Ford
As many of his colleagues, he started racing in amateur cart championships and moved to New Zealand Formula Ford Championship, rapidly becoming the champion in 2001. He also raced in the British Formula Renault, where he was a teammate of the F1 champion Lewis Hamilton.
Carrera Cup title is one of the highlights of Fabian's career
When he returned to Australia he participated in Australian Carrera Cup, finishing third in his first season in 2004. Following year, driving a Porsche 996 GT4 Cup, FabianCoulthard became Carrera Cup champion after a very good season.
A long-time V8 Supercars servant - Fabian Coulthard
Coulthard debuts in V8 Supercars
In 2006, he was given a chance to race in V8 Supercars championship but his performance was not as good, neither was it in 2007. He improved considerably in 2008, when he finished the season in a respectable 13th place in the championship, driving a Ford BF Falcon prepared by Paul Cruickshank Racing. In the following year, he was again behind the wheel of Ford Falcon and finished 16th overall.
Fabian Coulthard, 2008 Clipsal 500
Horrible crash at Bathurst
In 2010, he signed for Walkinshaw Racing team and found himself in a Holden for two seasons. His driving was consistent but he was not able to fight for the championship title. In 2010, he becomes famous for his horrifying crash at the Bathurst 1000 race, when his left rear tire blew after a contact and he lost control of his Holden at 280 km/h, rolling six times before he stopped. Fortunately, he was not hurt.
Video - Fabian Coulthard's crash at Bathurst 1000
First win in V8 Supercars
However, in 2012, Coulthard switched to Brad Jones Racing team, and he got a chance to drive a newer version of Holden Commodore race car. He slightly started to progress in the championship standings, finishing 11th in 2012, 6th in the following year and 8th in 2014. He scored his first victory at the Symmons Plains in 2013, later adding two more victories, making that his best season so far. The consistent performances were repeated in 2015 when he was 7th overall after he has scored seven podium finishes.
Fabian Coulthard, Austin 2013
Coulthard moves to DJR Team Penske
Fabian Coulthard is still waiting for a real success and probably he could earn it in 2016, driving for DJRTeamPenske. His consistent driving, experience and knowledge of the tracks could help him achieve something bigger in the near future.