Coates Hire Racing’s Nick Percat heads to Bathurst this weekend
for his fourth start in the Supercheap Auto 1,000km enduro with the vastly
experienced, multiple Le Mans winning, British sports car ace Oliver Gavin,
sharing the driving duties.
Percat wrote himself into the record books in 2011 when he won on
his Bathurst debut alongside Garth Tander and in doing so, became the first
driver in 34 years to win at his first attempt since the great Jackie Ickx.
Now in his first full V8 Supercars Championship season, Percat is
again achieving many milestones, including several top ten qualifying
performances, front row grid starts and a career high, solo second place at
Sydney Motorsport Park.
At the recent Sandown 500, the opening round of the Pirtek Enduro
Cup, Percat and Gavin endured a grueling race, starting mid-field, working up
the leaderboard to briefly lead, before Percat, who was running fourth late in
the race, got hit from behind while heading for his final pitstop.
Percat’s Walkinshaw Racing crew set about repairing the badly
damaged HHA Racing V8 Supercar and twenty laps later it emerged to complete the
final five laps and cross the line 22nd.
At Bathurst last year, Percat joined Tander once again and after a
late race duel with Craig Lowndes, crossed the line in fourth. Percat also
competed in the Porsche Carrera Cup round and set a new qualifying lap record.
Oliver Gavin is making his Bathurst V8 Supercars debut, but
earlier this year competed in the Bathurst 12-Hour enduro driving an Audi R8
Since Sandown Gavin has been back in the United States competing
in the Petite Le Mans series and last weekend, he was at Road Atlanta in his
Chev C7 Corvette. After the race, he flew from Atlanta to Los Angeles and then
into Sydney for this weekend’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1,000.
Nick Percat: “This year will be a little different as the
lead driver for the first time, rather than partnering Garth (Tander). It will
be good to get up there and take a look at the new surface. Oliver has already
raced on it earlier this year in the 12 hour, so there will be a lot to talk
about. Last year Garth and I we were battling for a podium finish and ended up
fourth, so hopefully we can have another strong run this year and give Oliver a
great result, to make his trip worth it”.
Oliver Gavin: “I am very excited to be going to Bathurst to
drive a V8 Supercar. It’s a boyhood dream for me as I used to watch the guys
battling on the mountain in the late 80’s when the race was telecast on the
“It captured my imagination, and I’ve always wanted to go to the
mountain and be a part of this event and I have to pinch myself a bit, knowing
I’ll be there this year”.
BOWE HEADS MASSIVE
TOURING CAR MASTERS FIELD
Coates Hire ambassador and current Bathurst 12 hour champion John
Bowe leads a 29 car field for Round Six of the crowd pleasing Touring Car
Masters round at Mt Panorama this weekend.
Bowe currently leads this year’s championship by 48 points from
fellow Bathurst legend Jim Richards and by 103 points from Andrew Miedecke who
promise to be Bowe’s biggest threats.
At the last round of the Masters at Sandown Park, Bowe qualified
on pole and won one of the three races to finish the weekend fourth overall and
preserve his championship lead.
This weekend also marks the 20th anniversary of John Bowe’s
victory with Dick Johnson in the 1,000km classic.
John Bowe: “I can’t wait to get Bathurst and am counting the sleeps
before I go. I’ve raced there for 30 years and it’s the best circuit I’ve raced
on, by quite a long way.
“This year’s round at Bathurst will be the tightest ever, as the
field is so much more competitive and I have to give credit to Tony Hunter, who
is the Category Manager of Touring Car Masters. He has done an outstanding job.
“It’s also wonderful to see so many competitors have risen to the
“The more drivers vying for
challenge with their driving and car preparation this season and at Sandown we
had 10 cars within 0.9sec in qualifying and any one of six could have won the
victory adds a new dimension to the championship and the crowd love it”.