New livery for Percat in Sydney
- By Coates Hire Racing/V8 Supercars
- Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
Nick Percat switches back to Coates Hire colours for this weekend's Sydney NRMA 500, running a new eye-catching livery for the grand finale.
The last race meeting of his rookie season, Percat wants to make a big impression and is hoping to crack the top 10 in his Walkinshaw Racing-prepared Holden Commodore.
"We wanted to really hit the track with a big impact, with the way the car looks," Percat said.
"It's pretty aggressive, probably suits ... the way we've approached a few rounds this year. We want to get some attention for it -can't wait to have it on-track, it's going to look awesome."
While it is his first season contesting every round, the 26-year old had the unique opportunity to drive another Walkinshaw Racing Commodore at the street circuit last year, filling in for injured James Courtney in the Holden Racing Team #22.
The young gun knows what it takes and will be drawing on all of his learning experiences from the season to nab a good result and better last year's finishing positions in Sydney, 18th and 24th.
"A street track normally suits a Walkinshaw race car, and it's one that you've really got to put it on the line to get a result," Percat said.
"All four of us need to be willing to do that and the cars let us do that, so hopefully we have a good round there."
While Percat is the first to admit his season kicked off with a rocky start, he has managed to scoresome tremendous highlights, including a third-place finish at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 with Oliver Gavin, a close second at Sydney Motorsport Park, and a front-row qualifying result in Townsville.
"The first few rounds it was up and down - just getting used to racing these guys and the different driving styles everyone has.
"Once I kind of settled and figured out who you can race pretty hard and who definitely shouldn't, we've been a lot more consistent, finished in the top 10, battled for podiums - Eastern Creek and Bathurst being two highlights for us and being on the podium.
"So if we can continue that momentum through Homebush ... [that] really gives me confidence, a good base heading into next year.
"[We will] learn from the mistakes we made at the start of last year and put me in a position to battle at Clipsal again, my home race. I definitely know how to approach it now."
So far, Percat has qualified in the top ten on 14 occasions; he's achieved12 top 10 race finishes; and currently sits 12th in the Championship, 90 points away from Nissan's Michael Caruso and the top 10.
With 300 points on offer at this weekend's final round at the tight and unforgiving Homebush street circuit, that weaves its way through the old Olympic village, Percat's focus is a top 10 Championship finish, to cap off an outstanding year.
The Sydney NRMA 500 kicks off on Friday December 5, with the final race of the season running on Sunday - click here for more information. With your ticket, you also get free public transport to and from the event.