NICK PERCAT NZ PREVIEW
03 Nov 2016
We’re back to the sprint round format this weekend, as we make our annual trip ‘over the ditch’ to New Zealand. This is my third trip to Pukekohe in a Supercar, and I always look forward to getting over there, because the drivers and teams definitely feel welcomed and appreciated. The event attracts big crowds full of passionate motorsport fans.
The main aim for us is to have a cleaner round than the Gold Coast 600. That definitely didn't go to plan, with Cam McConville getting taken out in race one and starting race two from the back of the grid. It was a pretty messy event for the whole team.
Pukekohe is a great track, a very old school-type of circuit, but it can also be a difficult track to pass on. The first and last sectors are high speed, very bumpy, and require a lot of commitment. We get to throw the cars up on two wheels over turn two, which is a great spectacle for the crowd but it does make overtaking there pretty tricky.
There are two key overtaking spots. The end of the straight into the new bus stop section and into famous Pukekohe hairpin - the slowest corner on the Supercars calendar.
The format for the ITM Auckland Supersprint is unique - four shorter races and no pit stops. Without pit stop strategy coming into play during the races it will be crucial to get that one lap of pace out of the car in qualifying.
The #222 Commodore has a new livery this weekend. In keeping with the Clipsal 500 promotion, the livery showcases some of South Australia's best destinations with wine grapes through the design. Looks pretty cool.
Since the Gold Coast 600 my move to Brad Jones Racing for 2017 has been announced. Needless to say I’m mega excited about that, but my main focus is finishing off the year with LDM in a solid position.
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