Coates Hire Racing’s Nick Percat drove a superb race to achieve a career-high V8 Supercars sprint round result, finishing second at Sydney Motorsport Park over the weekend.
Percat started third on the grid for the 51-lap 200km race and like the rest of the field pitted at the end of lap one, after a safety car was called for a turn three incident involving David Reynolds and Scott Pye.
Racing resumed on lap three with Percat third behind Scott McLaughlin (Volvo) and James Courtney (Holden), then on lap 10 Percat passed Courtney for second, with Courtney retiring shortly after.
Percat followed McLaughlin into the pits for his final pit stop on lap 29 for fuel and tyres and such was their pace, they resumed in first and second.
Percat comfortably held second and then with a handful of laps remaining started to close the gap to McLaughlin, inching closer as the laps wound down.
On the final lap Percat threw everything he could at McLaughlin and crossed the line a mere 0.3 second behind, to record a career-high V8 Supercars, solo driving result.
Behind McLaughlin and Percat were Fabain Coulthard (Holden), James Moffat (Nissan), Jamie Whincup (Holden) and Jason Bright (Holden), rounding out the top six.
Nick Percat: "“I felt the first stint in the car was quite speedy and everything felt really under control and I thought this is a little good to be true.
“At the end when I knew Scotty (McLaughlin) was in tyre drama, I just drove the car as hard as I could and it didn’t hurt the tyres and wished there was another lap or two.
“Qualifying has been a strong point and now translating that into a good race result is very pleasing.
"We have bounced back since Townsville and been really competitive and I can’t thank Alex (Car Manager) and Ty (Performance Manager) and all my boys enough”.
Championship points after Race 28
1. Jamie Whincup 2025
2. Mark Winterbottom 1890
3. Craig Lowndes 1812
4. Shane van Gisbergen 1778
5. Fabian Coulthard 1712
6. James Courtney 1688
16. Nick Percat 1158
BOWE EXTENDS POINTS LEAD
Coates Hire ambassador, John Bowe extended his points lead in the 2014 Touring Car Masters (TCM) Championship, after finishing second overall in today’s round at Sydney Motorsport Park.
After snaring pole position in his Trans Am Mustang, Bowe went on to record a lights to flag win in the opening 10-lap race from long time rival Andrew Miedecke, (Chev Camaro) and Greg Crick (Charger), making a welcome and successful return to the category.
In the second encounter, with a reversal of the top grid spots, Bowe worked his way through the field from tenth to finish third. On this occasion Brett Youlden (Monaro) greeted the chequered flag behind the safety car, to record the win from Miedecke and Bowe.
The third race saw Miedecke lead from the lights to take the win from Bowe who had a big pack snapping at the back of Mustang ‘Sally’. He held on to take second from Keith Kassulke (Falcon), Mark King (Camaro), Crick and Tony Karanfilovski (Mustang) sixth.
John Bowe: "I am very pleased with the way the weekend went. To build our points lead is fantastic and it was great to see Greg Crick return to the championship and do so well. Once again the Touring Car Masters put on a great show for the fans and I am looking forward to Sandown in three weeks time".