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Percat Scores Another Top Ten Finish In Queensland
Posted by: newsla on Aug 02, 2014 - 02:35 PM
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Percat Scores Another Top Ten Finish In Queensland

Coates Hire Racing’s Nick Percat had another solid run in the two V8 Supercars races at Queensland Raceway today, scoring a top ten finish.


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After qualifying 11th for the first 33-lap encounter, Percat dropped a couple of spots early on after being shoved wide in turn six by Niissan's Todd Kelly. With such close competition and at such a difficult track to pass on, Percat battled the entire race to move forward to finish 12th.

Red Bull Racing/Holden duo Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes fought each other at the front, with Lowndes holding the upper hand for two thirds of the race. Whincup eventually found a way past to take the flag from his teammate, with Scott McLaughlin (Volvo) third.

Rounding out the top six were Fabian Coulthard (Holden), James Courtney (Holden) and championship points leader Mark Winterbottom (Ford).

Percat had a stronger qualifying session for the second race of the Coates Hire 400 and stopped the clocks eighth fastest.

For the first time since 1986 a Niissan (Michael Caruso) and a Volvo (Scott McLaughlin) shared the front row of the grid in a Touring car/V8 Supercar race.

Percat got a good start and jumped to seventh on the opening lap and glued himself to the tail of Rick Kelly (Nissan).

After leading from the start, McLaughlin was hunted down by Caruso and by mid-race the Nissan was on the tail of the Volvo.

The two had an enthralling battle until lap 24 when Caruso hit McLaughlin and spun the Volvo out of the lead.

As a consequence, Whincup and Lowndes jumped into the top two spots and ended the race that way, followed by Chaz Mostert (Ford) in the final podium position.

Fourth went to van Gisbergen followed by Kelly, Winterbottom and Percat, who battled each other to the line, with Percat scoring another top ten result.

Caruso eventually crossed the line 24th (after a drive through penalty) and McLaughlin 19th.

Nick Percat – “Overall it was another good day for the HHA Racing V8 Supercar at the Coates Hire 400, but we still have a bit of work to do to maximise our tyre life. Tomorrow’s longer race is going to be very challenging, but I am confident of another good run.”

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