Qualified: 9th – 1:10.7009s
Provisional Pole Position: Shane Van Gisbergen – 1:10.1125s
Top Ten Shootout
Position: 7th – 1:10.9715s
Pole Position: Scott McLaughlin – 1:10.3744s
Race 26 – 300km/102 Laps
Winner: Chaz Mostert / James Moffat
The Alliance Truck Parts Racing duo of Nick Percat and Macauley Jones got their shine on today at Surfers Paradise for the opening race day of the Gold Coast 600.
Nick qualified the Alliance Truck Parts Commodore in 9th position, making it into the first top ten shootout of the weekend. He bettered his starting position from here, by putting in another fast lap and finishing the top ten shootout in 7th.
Co-Drivers got today’s 300km race underway with Macauley continuing his impressive run behind the wheel. The action unfolded on lap 23 when Will Brown made contact with the brutal Gold Coast walls, bringing out the one and only safety car of the race. On lap 60 Macauley pitted from position 6, with Nick set to drive the remaining 42 laps and bring the Alliance Truck Parts Commodore across the finish line. Nick was showing good speed, matching pace with the leaders in front.
Nick finished the first 300km race of this weekend in 6th position which sees him move up in the championship – he now sits in 10th. Qualifying, Top Ten Shootout and 300km race are all on the cards again tomorrow for the final Pirtek Endurance Cup race of 2018.
THE DRIVERS WORD
“Man, it’s fun around here! I find the Gold Coast circuit really enjoyable, I love the hustle this street track provides, driving so close to the walls and hitting all the big kerbs.”
“The car was manageable throughout the race, it felt good and for me I’m still trying to learn how to manage and keep the tyres underneath me, that was key in the race today. I got a good start, we had a slick pit stop and when Nick got in the car he found some clear space and just pressed on.”
“We’ve got a great car and we think there could be more potential for tomorrow, we’ll see if we can build on this result and it would be great if we could crack that top five or even get a surfboard tomorrow.”
“It was a good result today but we ultimately want to leave the Gold Coast with a couple of the famous surfboard trophies. We’re ticking boxes, moving forward and get to take away some good points from today’s race. We’ll be on the hunt again tomorrow to see what we can do. Macauley did most of the work behind the wheel today, and the guys on the team have done a great job to keep our car fast all weekend. All round a great job by everyone here this weekend.”
Sunday 21st October
10:20 – 10:40 – Qualifying
11:40 – 12:05 – Top Ten Shootout
14:25 – 16:50 – Race 27 – 300km/102 Laps
Published: 20 October 2018.