Fireworks were expected on and off the track at Barbagallo Raceway as fans lined the banks of the circuit, ready to see the spectacular lights and sounds of Supercars as they take on the final Perth night race. For drivers, the 200km battle under lights was their last chance to put on a show and fight for a podium finish.
Nick drove the Holden Guaranteed Value Supercar to 7th in the final practice session, again earning his place in the second qualifying session. Continuing the consistent fast form, he qualified in 9th position.
After the huge fireworks and light show, the 200km night fight was underway. Nick found himself trading places early in the race, gaining a couple of spots. Nick pitted on lap 49, just before the one and only safety car appearance of the race. Any remaining drivers who hadn’t made their stops dived into the lane to make their final stop; then it was a race to the finish.
After a slow stop, Nick rejoined in 12th, and fought his way back into 10th where he finished. The top ten streak now sits at 8, with Nick 8th in the championship and Brad Jones Racing are 3rd in the teams championship.
Next up the Holden team head to their home circuit, Winton Motor Raceway for their their second test day of 2019 and then back there again for the next round of the championship on the 24-26 of May.
THE WORD FROM NICK
“The Holden Guaranteed Value Supercar has had great one lap pace this weekend which is something we have been working hard to improve at BJR. It’s a credit to the team and my engineer Andrew for turning it around after Thursday night.”
“It has been great to have the Holden Lion on the doors this weekend, the #8 Commodore looks so good under lights and has brought back a lot of memories for the Holden fans with Skaife, Lowndes, and myself with Bathurst and having so much family history with the brand. It’s been really well received by the fans.”
“It was awesome to continue our top ten finishing streak here in Perth. The guys were pressed to reset the back to back pit stops for both the BJR cars so we lost a few seconds in the stop. It’s one of those unfortunate things that can happen, but we stayed inside the ten. The guys have worked really hard this weekend and gave me a pretty speedy rocket in the Holden Guaranteed Value Supercar. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do at our home track (Winton) in a few weeks time.”
1 – Scott McLaughlin – 1346
2 – Fabian Coulthard – 1204
3 – Shane Van Gisbergen – 1024
4 – David Reynolds – 971
5 – Chaz Mostert – 944
8 – Nick Percat – 877
Round 6 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship