After finishing just outside the overall top ten in the V8 Supercar races at the Australian Grand Prix, Coates Hire Racing’s Nick Percat is looking forward to another strong performance at Symmons Plains this weekend.
Percat will also be sporting a new look, with his #222 car morphing from the orange hue of Coates Hire to the colours of Heavy Haulage Australia, as part of a co-operative sponsorship between the two iconic companies.
Coates Hire, a long time supporter of Percat will continue to have prominent signage on the Walkinshaw Racing Holden Commodore.
The last time Percat raced at Symmons Plains was in 2009 behind the wheel of a Formula Ford, and the South Australian won two of the three races and finished third in the other to take the round win.
He is now looking forward to tackling the circuit in a V8 Supercars for the first time.
“I think the car looks great. The nice Tassy sun with the picturesque track and the green background, will really make the silver stand out. Hopefully everyone will see it coming and going past them and it will be a really good weekend for us”.
The second round of the V8 Supercars Championship, the Tyrepower Tasmania 400 includes two 42-lap races on Saturday and a single 84-lap race on the Sunday, around the 2.4 kilometre track.
At Symmons Plains last year Fabian Coulthard took two wins, (his maiden championship race victory) with BJR teammate Jason Bright taking the third.
Heading into this round Holden drivers occupy the top three spots in the championship with Craig Lowndes leading from Fabian Coulthard and Shane van Gisbergen.
Symmons Plains Track Facts:
This is the 42nd time the Australian Touring Car Championship/V8 Supercars have competed at Symmons Plains. Only Sandown Park has hosted more (43).
· The Symmons Plains track opened in 1960 on land owned by the Youl family who were graziers.
· Brothers John and Gavin Youl were accomplished racing drivers competing in the Australian Driver’s Championship for the Gold Star as well as the Tasman series which featured Sir Jack Brabham, Graham Hill, Jim Clark, Bruce McLaren and Jackie Stewart.
Length: 2.4 kilometres
Average Speed: 167 km/h
Slowest: Hairpin at 53 km/h
Fastest: End of back straight at 265 km/h
Qualifying Lap Record: Craig Lowndes 2012 - 51.0408
Race Lap Record: Rick Kelly 2009 - 51.4713