Nick - Qualified: 15th – 1:49.8853s
Macauley – Qualified: 20th – 1:50.3359s
Pole Position: Jamie Whincup – 1:49.0515s
Race 23 – 200kms / 41 Laps
Nick - Finished: 5th
Macauley – Finished: 19th
Winner: Jamie Whincup
THE RECAP & WORD FROM NICK
Nick Percat put on show in the X Convenience Mobil Supercar today, powering through the field from 15th to 5th. Nick was one of the fastest Supercars on track today, undoubtedly proving that through his charge forward. The X Convenience Mobil garage erupted in cheers many times as some great passing moves were made by Nick. He and team-mate Tim Slade finished in 4th and 5th respectively, moving them further up the team’s championship – now sitting 3rd behind Red Bull Racing Holden Team and Dick Johnson Racing Team Penske.
For wild-card Macauley Jones he had another very respectable result today, qualifying in 20th, and finishing in 19th. The team put in a stellar effort to be the only ZB Commodore wild card entry for 2018, getting invaluable experience for the endurance season ahead.
The team will now return to Albury, where they will prepare for a test day in less than two weeks’ time, then head to Sandown for the first of the endurance events.
“We made a really strong recovery in the X Convenience Mobil Supercar after qualifying poorly today. The crew did a great job with the setup and gave me a strong race car. It was fast in clean air and gave me a lot of confidence to push, and therefore I had some pretty good battles passing people out on track today.”
“Good strategy by the team to pit how we did, the middle stint was quite short, and for both the X Convenience Mobil and Freightliner Racing Commodores of Tim and I to have a top five finish was a great result. Hopefully we can continue this momentum heading into the endurance events.”
“My co-driver Macauley had a solid weekend, he out-qualified some top names in the field and did a great job to finish inside the top twenty today. It’s certainly not an easy task to take on the field at any event, let alone a brand new one. He’s really held his own this weekend and I look forward to seeing what we can achieve together at the upcoming endurance events.”
Round 12 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship & Event 1 of 3 of the Pirtek Endurance Cup
The RABBLE.club Sandown 500
14 – 16 September 2018
Sandown Raceway, Melbourne
1 – Shane Van Gisbergen – 2778
2 – Scott McLaughlin - 2759
3 – Jamie Whincup - 2416
4 – Craig Lowndes - 2229
5 – David Reynolds - 2213
11 – Nick Percat - 1693
Published: 26 August 2018.