2011 VEII Commodore V8 Supercar - Bundaberg Racing - Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 - Coulthard/Baird
Product Code: B18311P
Manufacturer: Biante Model Cars
Biante Model Cars are pleased to present the opportunity to place your orders for the 1:18 Scale 2011 Bundaberg Racing Holden VEII Commodore V8 Supercar, driven by Fabian Coulthard and Craig Baird in the 2011 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
Kiwi Fabian Coulthard has established himself as one of the best recent racing exports of New Zealand in the V8 Supercar era. After originally appearing on the Australian motorsport radar at the Albert Park Formula Ford support event in 2002, Coulthard raced overseas before returning back to Australia to compete in Porsche Carrera Cup He won the Rookie of the Year Award in 2004 and returned in 2005 to claim the title. Signed as an endurance driver with Tasman Motorsport in 2004 in V8 Supercars he ran part-time schedules with Paul Morris Motorsport before signing with Paul Cruickshank Racing in 2008.
After two seasons with the Queensland team, he moved to Walkinshaw Racing in 2010 and spearheaded a two-car Bundaberg Red Racing operation alongside the Holden Racing Team entries, though the season would prove to be tough with results lacking. Coulthard returned in 2011, though in a single car Bundaberg entry from Walkinshaw Racing now running in black, orange and silver colours under the #61 as stable mate to HRT duo Garth Tander and James Courtney. The #61 Commodore had a refreshed livery in time for the biggest race of the year at Bathurst with a black, white and silver scheme promoting Bundaberg Five White Rum livery.
The change of colours also came with the hope of a turn-around in luck compared to Coulthard and Baird’s Bathurst assault from 12 months earlier in 2010. Coulthard escaped from a multiple rollover when a left rear tyre blew entering the Chase on the opening lap of the classic race, and sent him onto highlights reels for years to come! Keen to repay the Mountain a year later, Coulthard’s 2011 Bathurst assault didn’t exactly start brilliantly as he qualified a lowly 20th in the 29-car field. His fastest qualifying time (2m08.7746s) was deleted for blocking the Alex Davison / David Brabham IRWIN Ford during the Friday afternoon qualifying session, forcing him to revert to his second fastest time (2m08.7978s).
Coulthard was behind the wheel for the start of the 161-lap Mountain dash and settled in during the early laps to run 20th for the opening 10 laps. But on lap 11 he found himself in a position he couldn’t squeeze out of as Jason Bright’s Team BOC Commodore stuttered and misfired on the exit of the Dipper, forcing Coulthard to try and take avoiding action as his fellow Holden pilot’s Commodore had a sudden loss of power. The problem was that as Coulthard went to the left, Bright decided to do the same, thinking he was getting out of the way, and contact unfolded. The two cars bumped and the Bundaberg Commodore’s left side bounced off the wall, forced to limp back to the pits with its geometry affected and not steering correctly. A broken steering arm was replaced and Baird sent back onto the circuit but it quickly became apparent that the damage was simply too great to safely continue in the race. He managed to do two out laps before the team called it a day and the car was the first retirement of the 2011 race with just 13 laps completed.
It was the second straight year the team, and two drivers, had failed to finish the biggest race of the season and not even made it to the first pit stop. But at least they had made it past the Chase, the first lap and didn’t have a car that required a complete rebuild before the next event! Coulthard would go on to finish 12th in the 2011 V8 Supercars Championship before moving to Brad Jones Racing for the 2012 season.
Despite the cars lack of on track success at Bathurst that year, it is undeniable that the Bundaberg Five White Rum Livery was extremely impressive and the model accurately reflects this. Produced in die-cast featuring a fully detailed racing interior, boot, engine bay and undercarriage, this is an impressive V8 Supercar model and represents another step in the career of Fabian Coulthard, one of the series fastest growing identities.