Success at the Clipsal 500

Practice and Qualifying were held over Thursday and Friday in warm conditions with Percat ending the Friday morning Practice session with a respectable time of 1.24.0 which would have placed him 7th in the main game practice session which took place at 11am.


Qualifying turned out to be a bit of a struggle for Percat, after such a strong debut in the practice sessions his hopes were high for a fast lap around the streets of Adelaide, however 8th was all that was possible as Nick explains. "I am a little disappointed to be honest, as I was blocked really badly on both my new tyre runs, and it also looks like we may have had a component failure on the car which has slowed us down too, however we will press on and see if we can recover to where we think we should be running"

Race 1 was held in the cooling evening of Friday, with long shadows, and the sun to contend with it was going to be a challenge for all drivers over the 24 lap distance. Percat starting from 8th on the grid got an amazing start to bolt to 4th before the first corner! With 8 laps completed he started to come under fire from the cars behind and was run a little wide on one corner dropping two places.


Percat stuck to his race plan of managing his tyre wear, and maintaining a consistent lap time and it paid off with 4 laps to go with Blanchard and Russell taking each other out at the top of Wakefield St, with Nick through to 4th place.

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