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Percat's Frustrating Day At Sydney Motorsport Park
Posted by: newsla on Aug 23, 2014 - 01:40 PM
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Percat's Frustrating Day At Sydney Motorsport Park

Coates Hire Racing’s Nick Percat finished a frustrated 17th and 19th in races 26 and 27 of the 2014 V8 Supercars Championship, run in appalling conditions at Sydney Motorsport Park today.


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A massive rainstorm peppered the western Sydney circuit shortly before race 26 which saw pole sitter Jamie Whincup (Holden) lead the field away from Scott McLaughlin (Volvo) and Shane van Gisbergen (Holden).

Percat got a strong start to hold his eighth position on the opening lap which ended under safety car, after an incident involving David Reynolds (Falcon) and Tim Slade (Holden), with both cars sustaining heavy damage.

Racing resumed on lap three with Percat remaining eighth despite the solid rain and his windscreen fogging up, making visibility almost impossible.

By the halfway mark a combination of tyre wear and lack of visibility saw the HHA Racing V8 Supercar drop to 10th. On the final lap while running 11th Percat was tapped into a spin by Scott Pye (Falcon). Percat recovered to eventually cross the line 17th with Pye receiving a 30 second penalty.

On the move early was van Gisbergen who passed Whincup for the lead on lap seven and was never headed taking a comfortable win in trying conditions. A brilliant drive by Garth Tander saw the Holden Racing Team driver carve his way from 14th to second. After starting on the pole, Whincup eventually finished fourth behind teammate Craig Lowndes with the Nissan pair of Michael Caruso and Rick Kelly rounding out the top six.

Race 27 was also run in shocking conditions with Percat starting 15th and staying out of trouble to be 11th by mid race. He held that position until the penultimate lap when Russell Ingall (Holden) hit Percat’s car, spinning him off the track at turn five. He rejoined the field to finish a frustrated 19th.

Between races McLaughlin’s car required an engine change. After taking up his pole position for race 27 with seconds to spare, a rear wheel came adrift on the opening lap, dropping him out of contention. An early safety car was called after Robert Dahlgren’s (Volvo) spun and hit the wall, with the driver okay. On lap 17 another safety car was called and then at the lap 20 restart van Gisbergen, Mostert and Whincup battled to the end to finish in that order, followed by Jason Bright (Holden) in fourth, than Will Davison (AMG Mercedes) and James Moffat (Nissan) in sixth.

Nick Percat “Today was very frustrating. We battled with poor visibility and I was doing my best to stay out of trouble. We were looking at finishing on the edge of the top ten, but got hit and spun close to the end in both races, spoiling two good results”.

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