Percat back behind wheel after crash

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 25/03/2017
  • By Stefan Bartholomaeus

Nick Percat wasted no time in getting back behind the wheel following his heavy crash on Friday at the Coates Hire Supercars Challenge.

The 28-year-old suffered the first major accident of his career when brake failure at 250km/h saw him lose control and collect Lee Holdsworth’s Preston Hire Commodore.

While Percat’s Holden was immediately withdrawn from the weekend, the South Australian was back in his KZ2 kart this morning cutting laps in Geelong.

Still sore from his accident, Percat said preparing for his Australian Karting Championship outing at the venue next weekend was a perfect way to "get back on the horse".

“It was good to be driving something again so soon after,” Percat told

“It’s one of the worst things that can happen in a race car losing brakes.

“I didn’t think I’d have a problem getting back on it, but it was just nice to do it.”

Race 1 crash

Percat completed approximately 70 laps of the circuit before returning to Albert Park to support his Brad Jones Racing team-mates this afternoon.

Staying in Geelong last night ahead of his early morning track time, Percat says he woke up with nothing more than a few aches and pains.

“The biggest thing is that I woke up quite tired which is probably because the body goes into a little bit of shock,” he said.

“Thirteen laps around this place isn’t very tiring, so I think the body took a bit to process what happened and was doing what it needed to start repairing.”

Percat’s crash marked an early end for BJR’s eye-catching rainbow colour scheme, which was adopted to promote Holden’s ‘Supporting Equality’ campaign.

Impressed by the feedback that the initiative received, Percat says he was pleased to be a part of the program.

“As soon as that news went out, we started getting an unbelievable amount of feedback from all around the globe,” he said.

“On my own social media it was very well received and I was really happy to have it on my car.”

Percat's crashed Commodore is back at BJR's base in Albury where work is underway on repairing the car for the Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint on April 7-9.

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