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Podium for Percat
Podium for Percat
Saturday, 17 June 2017

It was the result Brad Jones Racing have been waiting for. They visited the podium at Hidden Valley in 2016, and today, they returned to the podium after what has been one of the toughest starts to a race season. Nick qualified in 6th and after an early and super-fast pit stop by the crew, he managed to jump the order. He was in 2nd place when a safety car was called, and on the restart Scott McLaughlin challenged hard to take Nicks spot. Nick kept his cool and drove exceptionally well to hold off Jamie Whincup to bring the Supporting Diversity Holden across the line in 3rd place. Nick was the only Holden driver to stand on the podium today.

Wild card entry Macauley qualified in 26th and had a brilliant start, moving up 8 positions. It then turned tough for the young driver, getting caught in a couple of incidents and spins which put him back down the order and he had to fight his way forward again. He finished in 24th position.

Nick Percat

“I had a good start today, felt like I was in a drag race the car just seemed to launch. We pitted early today to try get some track position which was always our plan.”

“The Commodore was really good on its tyres. I tried to keep the two DJRTP guys (Scott McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard) as close as possible, but actually enjoyed keeping a one second gap as it kept the engine a bit cooler and we had pressure behind from Jamie so it was a tactical move to maintain position where we were and not push it.”

“I think BJR is getting momentum. We’ve had two rounds where we haven’t had any major incidents so we’ve had time to regroup, go through data and plan a few things we want to do and develop in the car. Whilst we didn’t test during the break, we had a direction in which we wanted to go and I think we’re getting there.”

“It’s a credit to the team and especially those back at the workshop who don’t get to come away on race weekends, they have been just as busy as anyone. From the production shop, sub assembly and the paint shop, they’ve really been working overtime just to catch up on our first few huge incident filled events. I’m glad they have something to celebrate with our podium result today. How good was the cheer from the team! Unreal.”

 

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