Fabian Coulthard has confirmed the widely-anticipated news that he will leave Brad Jones Racing at the end of the 2015 V8 Supercars Championship season.
The off-contract New Zealander was expected to be a key player in the 2016 driver market, and the announcement of his departure will trigger a flurry of drive line-up changes through the field.
“I’ve let BJR know that I am going to move on but … I haven’t formalised anything as yet,” he told the Inside Supercars show.
The 33-year-old came into the 2015 season – his fourth with Brad Jones Racing – touted as a dark horse for the Drivers’ Championship title, but has found wins to be a tough prospect in a year so-far dominated by Prodrive Racing and the two factory Holden outfits, Red Bull Racing and the Holden Racing Team.
He started out of the blocks well by winning the twilight race on Saturday at the season-opening Clipsal 500, but hasn’t visited the top step of the podium since.
Subsequent podium finishes at Barbagallo Raceway, Winton, Hidden Valley Raceway, Townsville and the Sydney Motorsport Park have kept him in the mix, however. He currently lies fifth overall in the Drivers’ Championship standings, 521 points adrift of series leader Mark Winterbottom, with twelve races of the season to run.
Coulthard declined to reveal details of which team he will drive for in 2016, although paddock speculation suggests that he will join the DJR Team Penske outfit.
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