Holden’s Nick Percat secures season-best while Factory Team completes milestone weekend

Persevering pace for Nick Percat delivers the South Australian his best finish of the season and top Holden honours in Race 22 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

The X-Convenience driver took advantage of a late mistake from Jamie Whincup to take fourth place in this afternoon’s 41 lap feature and move into eighth position in the Championship.

“I am stoked, that’s my best finish this year and we were the lead Holden,” said Percat.

“This is a credit to the team and their perseverance. Its been a tough year but we haven’t given up and today the hard work paid off.

“There is still a lot of racing to go and we need to remain focused on the events ahead.”

Whincup who optimised the Red Bull Holden Racing Team Commodore in Qualifying to secure a second-row start, executed a textbook take off to go around the outside of eventual race winner Scott Mclaughlin.

But a couple of small mistakes from Whincup, including an opening lap stoush for the lead with Will Davison cost the #88 who had to settle for a top-five finish of fifth.

“A little bit disappointed in my own performance there, we were looking good for fourth then we ran fifth,” commented Whincup.

“We had pretty bad tyre deg throughout all three stints but Cauchi (#88 race engineer) did a good job to give me good tyres at the end to hang in there,

“But we’ll keep pushing away, keep improving the cars with what we got and try to keep performing the best we can.”

A decision to run longer on both stints and be the last in the field to complete the compulsory pit stops, yielded Red Bull Holden Racing teammate Shane van Gisbergen 10 positions, finishing sixth in the 200km race.

Penrite Racing Driver Anton de Pasquale continued to show great car speed and genuine race pace fighting for fourth most of the race but eventually finishing in seventh.

Coupled with a podium in yesterday’s race 21 sees the Holden young gun move into tenth in the Championship standings.

Challenging conditions on Saturday for Race 21 of the Championship saw Holden’s Anton De Pasquale secure his second ever podium and finish third in the 24 lap feature.

After qualifying on the second row of the grid in fourth, the Penrite Racing driver was able to make the move early on the more experienced Mark Winterbottom and convert the team’s car speed to finish top Holden.

“It’s awesome good to get the second one out of the way. It was a pretty intense race trying to keep up with these guys but they were long gone, I tried to throw it away a couple of times but it was good fun, good to get another one under the belt,” said De Pasquale.

“Yeah, it’s really hard you can drive flat out the whole time and then my car was pretty easy to drive just a few little muck ups from my self but lucky enough the car was quick and that didn’t matter,

“Good fun and a credit to the guys and girls at Penrite Racing.”

Winterbottom who joined the #99 of de Pasquale on the starting line was able to maximise his earlier qualifying position of fastest Holden and equal his best finish with the IRWIN Racing outfit.

“It’s the closest (position) to the podium, just to give you a taste of it, but if you come into the weekend saying you can get fourth you’d take it,” explained Winterbottom.

“It’s an awesome result, qualifying was really good and put us in a good position.

“You just need to get up the front, If you can get up the front you can race there and even if you aren’t the quickest, you can make them work to get around you.

Shane van Gisbergen shook off some early car issues in practice to finish just outside the top-five in a special outing for the Red Bull Holden Racing Team and Triple Eight Race Engineering who completed their 500th Championship race.

Fellow Penrite Racing teammate David Reynolds enlisted a long strategy, choosing to go against the field and pitting with only 7 laps remaining, a decision that paid off with the #9 Commodore finishing in seventh up 5 spots from qualifying.

Brad Jones Racing Driver Nick Percat continued his run of top ten finishes moving up 11 positions throughout the race finishing in eighth the biggest mover and shaker of the day.

James Courtney of Mobil 1 Mega Racing another top-ten finisher for the roaring lion, rounding out the ten.

Next stop on the calendar sees teams head across the Tasman to Pukekohe Park Raceway for Round 12 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship the ITM Auckland SuperSprint, September 13-15.

 

Results: Race 22, OTR SuperSprint

Pos

Num

Team/Sponsor

Driver

Car

Laps

Race time

1

17

Shell V-Power Racing Team

Scott McLaughlin

Ford Mustang GT

41

1:17:17.8585

2

23

Milwaukee Racing

Will Davison

Ford Mustang GT

41

1:17:20.3278

3

55

Supercheap Auto Racing

Chaz Mostert

Ford Mustang GT

41

1:17:21.4864

4

8

X Convenience Mobil Racing

Nick Percat

Holden Commodore ZB

41

1:17:32.3185

5

88

Red Bull Holden Racing Team

Jamie Whincup

Holden Commodore ZB

41

1:17:34.1841

6

97

Red Bull Holden Racing Team

Shane van Gisbergen

Holden Commodore ZB

41

1:17:38.3342

7

99

Penrite Racing

Anton De Pasquale

Holden Commodore ZB

41

1:17:44.7709

8

6

Monster Energy Racing Team

Cameron Waters

Ford Mustang GT

41

1:17:46.6429

9

5

The Bottle-O Racing Team

Lee Holdsworth

Ford Mustang GT

41

1:17:47.0541

10

12

Shell V-Power Racing Team

Fabian Coulthard

Ford Mustang GT

41

1:17:49.6958

11

15

Castrol Racing

Rick Kelly

Nissan Altima

41

1:17:51.4109

12

14

Freightliner Racing

Tim Slade

Holden Commodore ZB

41

1:17:56.0736

13

9

Penrite Racing

David Reynolds

Holden Commodore ZB

41

1:18:02.1581

14

35

Unit Racing

Todd Hazelwood

Holden Commodore ZB

41

1:18:04.0853

15

22

Mobil 1 MEGA Racing

James Courtney

Holden Commodore ZB

41

1:18:07.7733

16

2

Mobil 1 MEGA Racing

Scott Pye

Holden Commodore ZB

41

1:18:09.8807

17

66

Scandia Racing

Thomas Randle

Ford Mustang GT

41

1:18:10.1418

18

34

Boost Mobile Racing

James Golding

Holden Commodore ZB

41

1:18:12.7757

19

3

RABBLE.club Racing

Garry Jacobson

Nissan Altima

41

1:18:16.8892

20

7

Plus Fitness Racing

Andre Heimgartner

Nissan Altima

41

1:18:20.2424

21

21

Team CoolDrive

Macauley Jones

Holden Commodore ZB

41

1:18:22.0276

22

78

Team Harvey Norman

Simona De Silvestro

Nissan Altima

41

1:18:29.9531

23

18

Irwin Racing

Mark Winterbottom

Holden Commodore ZB

41

1:18:32.9612

24

33

Boost Mobile Racing

Richie Stanaway

Holden Commodore ZB

41

1:18:36.4740

25

19

Truck Assist TEKNO Racing

Jack Le Brocq

Holden Commodore ZB

41

1:18:37.0381

26

4

SCT Logistics Racing

Jack Smith

Holden Commodore ZB

41

1:19:04.8850

Championship points

Pos

Driver

Pts

1

Scott McLaughlin

2738

2

Chaz Mostert

2165

3

Fabian Coulthard

2152

4

Shane van Gisbergen

2122

5

Jamie Whincup

1981

6

David Reynolds

1922

7

Cameron Waters

1774

8

Nick Percat

1705

9

Will Davison

1661

10

Anton De Pasquale

1560