A word from Nick Percat: Winton Preview
15 November 2012
Well, it’s getting down to the business end of the 2012 Dunlop Series now, with just two rounds remaining. This weekend we travel to Winton Motor Raceway, in rural Victoria, for three sprint races as part of the penultimate round of the championship.
I’ve made the journey up the Hume highway to Winton more times than I can count this year! It’s Walkinshaw Racing’s test track and I’ve been there a lot of times helping Formula Ford drivers test, so to say I’m familiar with the circuit is an understatement!
This weekend I’m going there with some real confidence and momentum, especially after the two race wins and round win we had at the recent Bathurst round. The second 14-lap race at Bathurst was one of the hardest fought races I’ve ever had in the Dunlop Series. Chaz Mostert and I didn’t give each other an inch … we raced hard and diced for the lead but despite the immense pressure I held on to win by just 0.1 seconds.
It was a huge effort from the Coates Hire Racing team, and that Bathurst result keeps me in contention for this year’s title. I’m 124 points off the series lead and there’s still 600 points on offer at Winton and Sydney, so I’m certainly not letting go of this championship fight!
My goal for the weekend is to try and get some wins under my belt and use the reverse top ten to get some points back on the series leader. I want to put some pressure on the frontrunners and take it down to the last round at Homebush, where I usually go pretty well.
In between rounds I was lucky enough to travel to Abu Dhabi to watch the V8 Supercars at the Yas Marina circuit, and I have to give a big thanks to Nathan Murray from Morris Finance for making this possible.
We watched the V8 and F1 racing, and did a bit of sightseeing and managed to squeeze in a trip to Ferrari World as well as some jet-skiing. The facilities at Yas Marina are outstanding but it was tough work for the V8 drivers, racing in the peak of the heat during the day. Hopefully next year the race schedule will benefit the V8 series a bit more than it did this year.
I don’t think you could get two extreme opposites than Yas Marina and Winton raceway but as they say, ‘there’s no place like home’ and I’m hoping that the home ground advantage will work in my favour this weekend!
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