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Percat Positive Despite Frustrating Championship Start
Posted by: newsla on Mar 02, 2014 - 03:33 PM
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Percat Positive Despite Frustrating Championship Start


Nick Percat driving the Coates Hire Racing Holden Commodore fell just five laps short of a dream start to the 2014 V8 Supercars championship.

 

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Percat, who was making his championship debut at the season opening Clipal 500 in Adelaide, tagged the wall through the high-speed turn eight while defending third position.

Battling with Shane Van Gisbergen, Percat ran wide, his car sliding along the concrete barrier and out of the race, though the 25 year old South Australian was unhurt in the incident.

Starting from 13th on the grid for the 250km race around the Adelaide Parklands circuit, Percat avoided several on track skirmishes; including a spectacular rollover by Jason Bright in a mid-race restart, to work his way through the field.

He was one of the last to pit for tyres and fuel and the strategy employed by his team saw him steadily move up the leaderboard.

Prior to the lap 70 safety car intervention, that triggered the restart and eight lap sprint to the flag, Percat had been comfortably running in third for many laps.

The race was won by James Courtney from yesterday’s race winner Craig Lowndes, Van Gisbegen crossed the line third to give Holden a clean sweep of the podium. Fourth went to Fabian Coulthard (Holden) followed by Rick Kelly (Nissan), Tim Slade (Holden), David Reynolds (Ford), David Wall (Ford) and James Moffat, (Nissan).

Although understandably disappointed as to how his race ended, Percat also took a lot of positives from his championship baptism of fire.

After the race Percat said, “Firstly I want to thank everyone at Coates Hire and Walkinshaw Racing for making this championship a reality for me.

“I felt good in the car today and I was very pleased with my pace and that I was able to work my way forward as the race went on.

“I think our strategy worked well and although the race ended the way it did, we can take many positives from the weekend and build on them for our next race.”


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