News // COATES HIRE NEWCASTLE 500 PREVIEW
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The 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship concludes this weekend with the Coates Hire Newcastle 500 finale. Last year marked Newcastle’s debut event on the Supercars calendar; with the coastal city attracting over 190,000 people to the street circuit, and a further 1.5+ million tuning in to watch from home.

In his second season with BJR, Nick Percat is heading into the final round sitting 10th in the championship. Nick has had a strong year behind the wheel, finishing inside the top ten 17 times; with two of those being podium finishes.

With the championship still to be decided, plus the final order for the teams’ championship still in play, Supercar drivers will be putting everything on the line this weekend to secure the best finishing spot they can; for themselves and for their team.

All sessions will be LIVE on FOX Sports across the weekend, plus coverage on Channel Ten/One HD. Check your local guides for times.

 

TRACK TIMES

Friday 23rd November

11:40 - 12:20 – Practice One

15:15 – 15:55 – Practice Two

Saturday 24th November

11:35 – 11:55 - Qualifying

15:45 – 17:50 – Race 30 – 250kms / 95 Laps

Sunday 25th November

10:50 – 11:10 – Qualifying

12:50 – 13:15 – Top Ten Shootout

15:40 – 17:45 – Race 31 – 250kms / 95 Laps

 

FAST FACTS

Track Length – 2.63km

Direction – Anti-Clockwise

Fastest Speed – 226km/h

Average Speed – 133km/h

Fastest Corner – Turn 4 (150km/h)

Slowest Corner – Turn 11 (70km/h)

Qualifying Lap Record – 1:09.9065s, Scott McLaughlin, Dick Johnson Racing Team Penske, Ford Falcon FG/X, 2017

Race Lap Record – 1:10.6403s, David Reynolds, Erebus Penrite Racing, Holden VF Commodore, 2017

- Nick has had 17 top ten finishes so far this season, with two podium results at the Melbourne 400 event

- Eight drivers have finished every race this season, Percat is one of these!

- Fourteen drivers have scored a podium finish so far this season, Percat is one of these!

- Qualifying here is close! In the first ever Newcastle qualifying session, all that separated first and second on the grid (Scott McLaughlin and David Reynolds) was 0.0098 of a second!

- Nick charged forward in both Newcastle races last year. He finished 8th on Saturday, from 12th on the grid, and 6th on Sunday, from 15th on the grid! 

 

MEET NICK –

Thursday 22nd November

17:00 – 18:00 - Newcastle SuperWelcome @ Gregson Park, Hamilton

Saturday 24th November

9:30 – 10:00 – Autograph Session @ Main Oval opposite Super2 Garages

Sunday 25th November

9:20 - 9:50 – Autograph Session @ Main Oval opposite Super2 Garages

Published: 19 November 2018.

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