With a break between Winton and Darwin, supercars.com is analysing the drivers’ results and performances in this first part of the season. The racing is the closest in history, with nine different winners in 11 races.
Nick Percat, Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Engineer: Chris Stuckey
Average qualifying position: 22.2 Average finishing position: 18.7 Championship position: 21 Points to leader: 546 Wins: 1 Pole positions: 0
Best result: Sunday win, Clipsal 500 A mature drive in tricky conditions and the correct strategy call by Stuckey meant LDM achieved its first ever Supercars win, and Percat his first solo victory after winning Bathurst in 2011 with Garth Tander.
Low point: Missing Winton qualifying An engine issue forced Percat to sit out of qualifying at his test track while the team changed the motor. He started last and finished 21st on the Saturday.
For: There’s no doubt Percat is a talented driver – he says himself he challenged Scott McLaughlin, Scott Pye and Chaz Mostert in previous categories when they had more even equipment. He won Bathurst as a co-driver on debut and clocked up podiums at Sydney Motorsport Park and Bathurst in 2014 in a Walkinshaw Racing car.