Fabian Coulthard says night race was a “fantastic spectacle”

The Supercar Championship’s first night race in 21 years took place last night.

Delivering on all the hype, the Red Rooster Sydney SuperNight 300 was won by Shane Van Gisbergen in front of a crowd of 33,920.

Close on his tail was points leader Scott McLaughlin, before a late safety car bunched up the field and eventually left him finishing third.

His teammate Fabian Coulthard says the 15-lap sprint towards the end ruined their strategy a bit.

“I felt bad for Scott,” Coulthard said.

“The nature of this track, the high tyre degradation, the length of the race. Some cars had their tyres and were able to make more passes.”

Despite the loss, Coulthard said the race was a learning curve.

“We are sort of learning on the fly with everyone, the night races are new to everybody. We didn’t quite get it right. It’s all learning, and when we come back next year we will have some more information and tackle it better.

“There was a lot of fans, it was a fantastic spectacle.”