Persistance Pays: Percat finishes up 2nd overall at Clipsal 500
4 March 2012
Main: The 'Perdog' #222 Commodore looking mean at Clipsal 500 over the weekend.
Coates Hire Racing’s Nick Percat continued his strong form at the Clipsal 500 today, taking second in today’s 19 lap race to finish the first round of the Dunlop Series second overall.
Percat made a good start but as was the case in Friday night’s race was caught behind another car, this time the Ford of Scott McLaughlin.
With the championship firmly in mind, Percat remained level headed as McLaughlin made passing impossible.
Percat’s patience finally paid off on the final lap when he dove up the inside of McLaughlin’s Falcon to take second place.
With third in the opening race at Clipsal, Percat finished the weekend on equal points with McLaughlin – 267 points – but his higher placed finished in today’s final race gave the Coates Hire driver second overall for the round.
The next round of the Dunlop Series will be at Perth’s Barbagallo Raceway on 4-6 May.
“[Scott] McLaughlin made it difficult to pass today but there wasn’t any frustration as once [overall winner] Chaz Mostert was a couple of car lengths ahead of us I knew I would have to be a lot quicker to make up that margin – and that doesn’t happen in this kind of race.
“Then I had to be patient, so I sat back and took notice of what McLaughlin was doing and waited until the final two laps before I had a proper crack.
“This year, we’re trying to accumulate as many points possible. There’s a different Nick Percat in 2012, I’m out here to win the championship, so crashing into my peers is not a good idea.
“Second overall is good, but there is a long way to go in the championship.”
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