Race 4 – 70km/13 Laps
Winner: Jamie Whincup
Race 5 – 130km/25 Laps
Winner: Scott Pye
THE WORD FROM NICK
Nick Percat and TEMPUR Racing scored their first podium of the year at the Melbourne Supercars 400 today. With mixed conditions across the two races, it provided a great challenge for teams, and excitement for all the fans.
Once teams had completed their stop in the second race, the rain fell. Half of the field pitted for wet weather tyres, the rest made the call to stay out for the final laps. It turned out to be the right call for those that pushed on, as the rain eased. The top 3 of Pye, Whincup and Percat were incredibly close in the last few laps, crossing the line within a second of each other! Nick gives the details below. One more race tomorrow at 1:45pm, Nick will be starting off the second row, from position three.
“The first race was a fun little battle with Van Gisbergen and Mostert; especially in the final laps with Mostert. He was one of the fastest cars on track today so I feel like we put on a good show but the plan is always to bring it home. It was good, clean racing.”
“I knew early in the race we needed to conserve our tyres a little. Our pressures were a touch high so it was about not burning the rear tyres off on the drying track so we could keep fighting there at the end. The tyre pressures are a tricky one to get right at times, it’s a unique circuit to get right with the raining conditions. Since mine were probably a fraction higher than Van Gisbergen and Mosterts, we had them covered at the start of the race, but they got us at the end.”
“I started on the front row for the second race which is pretty exciting. I got an ordinary start and did a big burnout down the straight then settled into position 3. I had really good pace but struggled a little with the drive as I had flat spotted a tyre. We made the call to pit late, so I had on fresher tyres as was still with the front group, however the heavens opened up shortly after, it was pretty dark and pouring with rain.”
“We had a very quick conversation about pitting; and because I like to drive in those tricky, changing conditions I wanted to stay out, which we did. This is my second podium result with BJR/TEMPUR Racing. I’m pretty excited to achieve this early in the season and we’ve also snuck into the top ten in the championship. One race to go tomorrow, starting from 3rd.”
Sunday 4th March
13:45-14:15 – Race 6 – 70km/13 Laps
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Published: 24 March 2018.