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TODAY’S TIMES

Qualifying

Qualified: 15th – 1:10.6981s

Provisional Pole Position: Mark Winterbottom – 1:10.2010s

Top Ten Shootout

Pole Position: Scott McLaughlin

Race 26 (95 Laps/250kms)

Finished: 6th

Winner: Jamie Whincup

 

THE WORD FROM NICK

Newcastle turned it on yet again for the final day of racing, and the story that was about to unfold could not have been scripted if you tried. Eyes were on the championship battle throughout the race, with plenty of battle packs emerging throughout the field. The first safety car made its appearance on lap 55, Nick was in P6 and asked about the championship leaders positions, knowing this race would decide the 2017 champion. With Whincup in 2nd and McLaughlin in 16th, the reaction was “wow…. It’s on!” Nick had solid pace in position 6 and the engineers told him to look after the tyres for race to the end. Nick held strong, and was one of the biggest movers of the day, up a whopping 9 positions to finish 6th. The result, Jamie Whincup securing his 7th Supercars Championship title. More on the Whincup v McLaughlin battle at Supercars.com

 

NICK

“Todays race went really smoothly for the Timken Commodore, made a really good start and made up a few spots in that first stint. The key part of the race for us was the second stint was when I passed Winterbottom and got away from that group. The car had really good tyre life and the car had a lot of pace.”

“We managed the gap quite well between a few guys there towards the end and 6th was a solid result. I’m happy with the weekend overall, it’s probably our best weekend for the year overall with a 8th and 6th. It’s a good end for the 2017 season, and Newcastle has been awesome, the support and crowds have been simply incredible.”

“2017 has been an extremely fun season, definitely character building. Looking back, I love the first podium I had with Brad Jones Racing in Darwin because of our outright pace and it was super rewarding for the team. It will be remembered as one of my best trips to the podium.

“This team never gives us which gives me a lot of confidence heading into 2018. It’s been a tough year for the guys and they’ve fought hard with any and every challenge they’ve faced. I’m looking forward to seeing how were shaping up with our new packages for 2018, knowing the things we’ve got in the pipeline we’ve got a lot to be excited about.”

 

2017 CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

1 – Jamie Whincup - 3042

2 – Scott McLaughin - 3021

3 – Fabian Coulthard - 2812

4 – Shane Van Gisbergen - 2769

5 – Chaz Mostert - 2748

19 – Nick Percat - 1527

 

COMING UP

2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

Lights out for the Adelaide 500 in March 2018!

 

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Published: 26 November 2017.

#8 Nick Percat

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