It was a day to forget for the Summit Racing squad, with mechanical failures and bad luck ruining the chances for a good result for Nick Percat and the team today. A failed starter motor during qualifying saw Nick complete only three laps; and would see him start from a very unusual 25th position.
Only two laps into the race Nick had contact with another car, with Nick coming off second-best and puncturing the left front tyre. Nick had to limp the Summit Racing Commodore back to the pits for a new tyre and to check or damaged, but the time cost in doing so put him 2 laps down. From here it was all about finishing the race and claiming any points possible. Nick finished the race where he started, in 25th.
In just under two weeks’ time the Supercars will be racing under lights at Sydney Motorsport Park. This will see a 300km race on the Saturday night, just after 7pm, and the only night race on the Supercars calendar.
THE WORD FROM NICK
“Looking at the sectors we had the potential to qualify in the top ten again today, so it was a real shame for my crew and I that the starter motor failed during this mornings’ qualifying session. The guys worked frantically to try get me back out there but just didn’t have enough time.”
“I knew that we would have to work hard in the race to pass a lot of cars and move forward, but we got a puncture on the second lap of the race. I had to get the Summit Racing Commodore all the way back into the pits for the guys to change the tyre and they had to check for any damaged steering whilst I was there. The extra stop sent me a lap down, so from there we just looked to use old tyres so we could save a couple of the green tyres for a later date. It was disappointing for the guys, and not where we wanted to finish in the Summit Racing Commodore.”
WHERE TO NEXT…
Round 10 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
Red Rooster Sydney SuperNight 300
3 -4 August 2018
Sydney Motorsport Park, Eastern Creek
1 – Scott McLaughlin – 2321
2 – Shane Van Gisbergen – 2190
3 – Jamie Whincup – 1870
4 – David Reynolds – 1838
5 – Craig Lowndes – 1821
11 – Nick Percat – 1330