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Nick PercatIn his first V8 Supercar race since winning the Bathurst 1000 in October, Nick Percat has scored a podium finish in today’s opening Fujitsu V8 Supercar race at Sandown.

Starting from fifth on the grid, Percat pressured the frontrunners throughout the race and pulled off a bold last-lap move on David Russell to grab third place.

He also set the fastest lap of the race in the #222 Coates Hire Commodore and was the only driver in the 1 minute 11 second bracket.

“I got a good start and just focused on staying in touch with the leading pack,” said Percat.

“After a tough few events, I’m just happy to bring the car home in third and give the boys a well deserved result.”

So far it has been an outstanding weekend for the Coates Hire racer, who yesterday won the coveted 2011 SA Sports Star of the Year People’s Choice award.

“It’s a huge honour to win the award and to have so much support from my hometown.

“I want to thank everyone who took the time to vote for me!”

There are two races tomorrow, beginning with a 15-lap reverse grid race at 10.15am local time.

The top ten finishers from today’s race are reversed, meaning Percat will start from eighth.

The final 15-lap race at 1.30pm will conclude the Sandown event, which is the penultimate round of the 2011 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series.

Nick PercatNick Percat and Garth Tander have made history after claiming a thrilling win in the 2011 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 for the Toll Holden Racing Team.

It was a dream Bathurst 1000 debut for 23 year-old Nick, who became the first rookie to win Bathurst in over 30 years, the only previous rookie to ever win the great race was multiple F1 race winner and 6 times Le Mans Champion Jacky Ickx in 1977.

Nick and Garth’s Bathurst win also marked the 200th race win for the Holden Racing Team.

Percat put in an impressive performance in his first ever attempt at the Great Race. Despite a brush with the wall at Griffins Bend, he kept his cool and drove strongly in both his stints to hand the #2 Toll HRT Commodore back to Tander in race winning contention.

It was a nervous time in the Toll HRT garage for Percat as he watched Tander hold off a late charge from Craig Lowndes to win by just .29 seconds – the closest finishing margin in the history of the race.

“It was an amazing day, and it really is a credit to Garth and the team that we were able to win,” said Percat.

“Standing on the podium was nothing like I expected. I knew it would be pretty amazing but no words can describe what that was like.

“The atmosphere was unbelievable, there was a sea of red Holden flags as far as I could see. It was a pretty awesome place to get my first V8 Supercar race win!”

Growing up, Nick watched as his hero Peter Brock took on the mountain for the factory Holden team. Now at just 23 years of age, his is the newest name to be etched on the Peter Brock trophy.

Earlier in the weekend Percat hussled the Coates Hire Racing Development Series car to 4th and 8th respectively, building his on track experience in trying conditions, before stunning the crowd and the watching world with his win in the big one!

Nick will be back in action at Sandown Raceway over the weekend of the 18th – 20th of November for Coates Hire, be sure to stay tuned to further news on this superstar of the future.

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Formula MRFNick Percat will compete for Walkinshaw Racing in the final two rounds of India’s Formula MRF series next month, becoming one of the first Australian drivers to race at the new Buddh International Circuit.

The domestic single-seater category will support the Airtel Grand Prix of India, the country’s first-ever Formula One event, held in Greater Noida from October 28-30.

It will be Percat’s first competitive race in an open wheeler since winning the Australian Formula Ford Championship in 2009.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to be among the first to race at India’s new circuit,” said Percat.

“The Formula MRF cars have the same horsepower as the Formula Fords I’m used to racing, but the front and rear wings and larger slick tyres will give the cars more aero and mechanical grip.

“The track appears to have a lot of medium speed corners and a high speed back straight, so there should be plenty of slipstreaming opportunities. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Walkinshaw International will field two cars in the championship finale of the Formula MRF series at Buddh International Circuit.

“Over recent years India’s interest and participation in motorsport has grown enormously, culminating in the country’s first ever Formula One event later this year,” said Walkinshaw Racing Director Ryan Walkinshaw.

“Entering two cars in India’s one-make Formula MRF series is a great step for us to take in this rapidly growing motorsport market.

“Nick is certainly well credentialed in open wheeler racing and I’m confident he’ll be very competitive for us in India.”

Percat will fly to Chennai for a two day test after the L&H 500 Phillip Island endurance race, where he is co-driving with Garth Tander in the #2 Toll HRT Commodore.

The 22 year-old will then make his Bathurst 1000 debut alongside Tander before jetting back to India for the two Formula MRF races at the Airtel Grand Prix of India from October 28-30

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.

Nick PercatNick Percat will be back behind the wheel of the #222 Coates Hire Racing Commodore as the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series heads north to Queensland Raceway this weekend.

The 3.1 kilometre Ipswich circuit is the home test track of the Queensland-based Fujitsu teams, but Percat says he isn’t fazed about heading into ‘enemy territory’.

“Although there are drivers in the field who’ve done plenty of testing miles around the circuit this year I don’t think it will prove to be much of an advantage,” said the Coates Hire racer.

“The score has been pretty equal between the Victorian teams and the locals in recent years.

“Last year I finished fifth in my first visit to Queensland Raceway in a V8 Supercar, so I’m confident the Coates Hire Racing team can go better again this year.”

Percat has qualified inside the top three at every Fujitsu round so far this year, and is focused on more strong results at Ipswich.

“Obviously the Coates Hire Ipswich 300 is a really important event for our team. The support we’ve had from Coates Hire this year has been terrific and I can’t wait to see plenty of orange and white at the track this weekend!

“I’d love nothing more than to repay their support and the team’s hard work with another podium finish.”

It will be another busy weekend for 22 year-old, who will again driving Garth Tander’s #2 Toll HRT Commodore during the first two V8 Supercar practice sessions on Friday.

The young racer is teaming with Garth Tander at the L&H 500 Phillip Island endurance race next month, and the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 in October.

“The endurance races are just around the corner and we are well into preparation for those, but my focus this weekend is on doing the job for the Coates Hire Racing team.”

Two Fujitsu practice sessions will be held on Friday, ahead of qualifying and the first 15-lap race on Saturday.

The top-ten reverse grid race and the final 22-lap race will be held on Sunday.

In a first for the Fujitsu Series, races 1 and 3 of this weekend’s round will be telecast as part of the Seven Network’s coverage from the Coates Hire Ipswich 300.

Race 1 will be shown on Saturday on 7, while Race 3 will be on Sunday on 7mate.

Queensland is the fourth round of seven in the 2011 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series.

Nick PercatFollowing on from Phillip Island and Nick Percat’s emphatic victories in races 18 and 19 of the Australian Formula Ford Championship, we now prepare to celebrate one of the all time great open wheel drivers in Australian motor racing history. It’s with these victories in which Percat sealed the 1st place trophy with 4 races remaining.

Some of the statistics achieved in 2009:

  • MOST POINTS IN THE 40 YEAR HISTORY = 371 (2ND TIM BLANCHARD 346)
  • 3 POLE POSITIONS (EQUAL MOST IN 2009)
  • 12 RACE WINS
  • PODIUM RESULT IN 20 OUT OF 23 RACES
  • FINISHED EVERY RACE
  • CAREER WINS IN NATIONAL FORMULA FORD = 22 (HIGHEST BY 5 WINS)

The racing on the streets of the Gold Coast was always going to be slightly muted for a few reasons, one being that the Round would only decide who was to come 2nd, so it became in sporting terms, a dead rubber.

Nick explains some of the highlights of the weekend, and his thoughts on becoming the 2009 Champion.

“Well our weekend was a pretty low key affair having already done the business at Phillip Island. So it was just a matter of trying to keep it off the walls during the races and see if we could get Mitch the second place in the Championship, which we did!”

“The final race for me in a Formula Ford was a pretty exciting one, with rain coming almost on queue as we rolled out on the track, and I love racing in those difficult conditions so to charge from 5th to 2nd in such a shortened race was a great way to sign off!”

Percat leaves Formula Ford with a record that could stand for some time, and a future full of opportunities.

“I’d dearly love to have a crack overseas again, I got a taste for it with my Festival win last year, and my driving style seems to suit the European way of thinking! If the right deal came along I would have to have a serious look at it. Its slightly frustrating seeing guys I have raced with and beaten doing say World Series Renault next year, but given the chance I’d love to show what I could do in the new GP3 feeder series in 2010″

While racing overseas is an option, currently Percat’s Brains trust are putting the final touches to Nick’s 2010 Fujitsu Series Assault.

“2010 isn’t 100% locked in yet, but I’d have to say that with the support from my current backers in Walkinshaw Performance and No Fear we should be able to sign off on something soon…. It would be nice if we could find another backer to get us over the line, but I am not the only one looking for financial support right now, so we will have to wait and see! Hopefully my form book is worth something!!”

Nick would like to thank the following for his 2009 Championship campaign:

  • NO FEAR
  • SONIC MOTOR RACING SERVICES
  • WALKINSHAW PERFORMANCE
  • CASTROL AUSTRALIA
  • MYGALE
  • REVOLUTION RACEGEAR

To sum up the massive year that was 2009, we leave you with the often quoted comment by the youngest of Percat fans…

“Dad I want a photo with the angry car!!”

The “angry car” and the driver with NO FEAR will be back on the track soon….

Nick PercatHaving left behind the cool weather once again in Victoria, the Formula Ford championship moved north to Queensland Raceway, a happy hunting ground for Percat in the past. “Last year we proved to be very quick here, and I hope to carry that pace forward this weekend! However my focus is firmly on the championship and I will be doing everything I can to extend my lead going into the final 2 rounds” said a confident Percat.

It was confidence well placed, when in the opening two sessions of Practice, Percat topped the time sheets with an impressive gap to second. “Our used tyre pace has always been good here, and I really can’t fault the car in any area so we will see what Qualy brings tomorrow” smiled Percat, knowing the unseasonal hot weather Queensland was experiencing was playing to into his hands being one of the fittest drivers on the grid.

Qualifying was held early on Saturday morning in relatively cool conditions, with Percat leading the grid onto the circuit. With the battle for pole always tight with the high quality field of drivers in 2009 Percat had to settle for 3rd on the grid for the open race later in the Afternoon. ” I wasn’t able to get the balance back in the car that I had in the earlier sessions, which is a bit of a shame, but we will press on knowing I just have to race the guys that are in the championship hunt” said Percat.

Race 1 held in the middle of the day was a great battle between the leading drivers of 2009, and also some names to watch out for in the future. As the dice at the front commenced with SONIC team mates Mitch Evans, Nick Percat and Geoff Uhrhane together with Chaz Mostert the race was set to be an epic battle for the 12 laps around Queensland Raceway. With Evans leading, he was able to put his head down early on and pull out a small but significant lead that was never headed taking the win. “I got a reasonable start from the dirty side of the track, and paced myself in this first race, as I know that tyre wear can be an issue here, and also the fact that my closest competitor at the moment is Scott Pye, so all I had to do was out point him. However the battle with Geoff and Chaz was a pretty good one, and it was nice to see Geoff get his best result for 2009 and a 1-2-3 for SONIC as a team is really good also!!” said a happy Percat on returning to the garage extending his already impressive championship lead.

Race 2 held on Sunday morning, and was a lot closer affair, with team mates Evans and Percat pulling away from the rest of the field, and drove in formation for the entire 12 laps to finish 3 seconds ahead of team mate Uhrhane. “I’m happy to just keep ticking the races off at the moment, and 2nd is a solid amount of points for my championship, so there was no reason to risk it all with a desperate move on Mitch” said Percat.

The final race of the weekend, once again held in hot conditions was another close tussle between Percat and Evans. With the lead changing in the early laps, Percat kept his team mate honest as they pulled out another commanding gap over the rest of the field, Mitch taking the win, with Percat right on his gearbox to the chequered flag.

“A great team effort this weekend, as we had all 3 cars right on the pace from the start, and to leave here now 1-2 in the championship, and extending my lead to 80 points with a possible 122 to play for it’s a great position for me to be in” beamed Percat, knowing full well that he could wrap up the championship at one of his favourite tracks, Phillip Island Round 7 September 11-13.

Nick is also in the running to win an entry to drive in the “GRAND PRIX SHOOTOUT” which would see the most successful Formula Ford driver in Australia’s history given the chance to compete on the world stage! http://www.grandprixshootout.com/

Nick having already worked with the likes of Rob Wilson previously, would certainly be a worthy winner, so give him the boost he needs by logging into his driver data base profile, and register your email now!

http://www.driverdb.com/drivers/10915/

votes close at the end of September, so get racing….

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