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Percat Has A Stronger Day In Darwin
Posted by: newsla on Jun 22, 2014 - 06:04 AM
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Percat Has A Stronger Day In Darwin

Coates Hire Racing’s Nick Percat had a more competitive day at Darwin’s Hidden Valley Raceway, running inside the top ten early on, before finishing the 69-lap - 200km V8 Supercars race, 23rd today.


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On the starting grid some drivers started on hard and others on soft compound tyres, with Percat electing to start on softs. He quickly moved the HHA Racing Commodore forward from his 15th starting spot up to 8th.

On lap 25 a safety car was called to retrieve Robert Dahlgren’s Volvo and Percat took the opportunity to pit, dropping to 22nd.

Pole sitter Craig Lowndes (Holden) punctured his left front tyre on lap 31, after making contact with Ford’s Chaz Mostert.

After leading the race early on, David Reynolds (Falcon) was passed by his stablemate, Mark Winterbottom shortly after racing resumed.

Then on lap 38 Todd Kelly’s (Nissan) rear suspension broke after contact with Lee Holdsworth (Mercedes) and David Wall (Falcon).

Percat made his final scheduled pitstop with around 25 laps to go, eventually crossing the line 23rd.

Mark Winterbottom (Falcon) emerged victorious after a hard fought race, in searing heat to cement his championship lead.

Second was Shane van Gisbergen (Holden), followed by Jamie Whincup (Holden), who took the third step on the podium.

Fourth went to David Reynolds (Falcon), then Holden trio James Courtney, Tim Slade and Garth Tander. Next was James Moffat Nissan), Scott McLaughlin (Volvo) and Rick Kelly (Nissan) completing the top ten.

“That was a better day today early on”, said Percat. “We still have a lot of work to do before the next round, but we have some good data from today and I am looking forward to racing in Townsville, in two weeks”.

Championship points after Race 19

1. Mark Winterbottom 1451

2. Craig Lowndes 1290

3 Jamie Whincup 1265

4 Fabian Coulthard 1204

5 James Courtney 1120

6 Shane Van Gisbergen 1111

7 Scott McLaughlin 1045

8 David Reynolds 952

9 Chaz Mostert 914

10 Jason Bright 881

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