Nick PercatCoates Hire Racing’s Nick Percat has produced two of the standout drives of his short V8 Supercar career at the fourth round of the Fujitsu V8 Series at Queensland Raceway.

Percat qualified strongly in third but was an innocent victim of an opening lap incident in the first 14-lap race.

His #222 Coates Hire Commodore sustained extensive damage in the accident and was forced out of the race, leaving the Coates Hire team with a massive repair job.

“The team worked well into the night to repair the car and it’s a huge credit to the team that we were able to make it onto the grid on Sunday,” said Percat.

The first of Sunday’s two races – the top-ten reverse grid race – was the first full wet race of this year’s Fujitsu Series and also Percat’s first ever V8 Supercar race in wet weather.

Starting from 25th due to his Race 1 DNF, Percat charged through the field and passed 19 cars in just 9 green flag laps to finish 6th.

The feat was even more remarkable considering he drove the majority of the race with limited visibility due to a jammed windscreen wiper.

“It was my first V8 Supercar race in the wet so I chose to be conservative during the opening laps,” he explained.

“Rain is always a great leveler of the playing field and obviously I was happy with how we were able to drive through towards the front.

“It proved we are more than capable of being competitive in the wet weather and that’s important heading into the endurance races.”

The young Coates Hire driver then repeated his performance in the final race of the weekend, passing ten cars on the opening lap and finishing 8th after starting 22nd.

“Sure, it was disappointing that the accident in the first race cost us a chance of a podium finish, but we’ve proved that the #222 Coates Hire Commodore is competitive in both wet and dry conditions

“I can’t thank the team enough for the huge effort they put in this weekend.

“Importantly, we are ready for the endurance races. I’m happy with my pace in the #2 Toll HRT Commodore, I’m feeling fit and confident and ready to team with Garth Tander at Phillip Island next month.”

The next round of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series supports the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 in October.

Percat will join Garth Tander in the #2 Toll HRT Commodore for the L&H 500 Phillip Island from September 16-18.