Nick: 10th – 1:19.4004s
Jack: 25th – 1:20.6356s
Fastest: Scott McLaughlin – 1:18.9202s
Nick: 11th – 1:19.5221s
Jack: 23rd – 1:20.4509s
Pole Position: Scott McLaughlin – 1:18.5233s
Race Fourteen (200kms / 67 Laps)
Winner: Scott McLaughlin
RACE RECAP & THE WORD FROM NICK
After a strong performance in Saturday’s 120km race, Honda Motorcycle Dealer Team driver Nick Percat was eager to go better again at the team’s home track of Winton today. Jack Smith, driver of the SCT Logistics wild card entry was looking to gain further valuable experience in today’s 200km race, with the aim to progress further forward. In dry but very cool conditions, Jack again showed promise with his one lap pace, qualifying in 23rd and Nick was only 0.0122 of a second off qualifying in the top ten.
Jack had an early off-track excursion when he went a little too wide to give racing room, losing him a few seconds on track. Nick was incredibly fast again in today’s race, passing cars both on track and through calculated pit stops, working his way up to 5th in the order.
A safety car was called on lap 58 when Will Davison had a transaxle fail, parking on the side of the circuit. The team made the call to pit Nick for fresher tyres thinking that others would do the same, and to charge forward. Nick re-joined in 12th and the pressure was on for Nick to pass cars in the final laps. The race resumed with 5 laps remaining, and Nick was quick to pick off a couple of cars early, but then was blocked hard in the final laps and finished in 9th. Jack was one of the few cars that had gone a lap down, but he finished up the order in 21st.
The result for Nick makes it his tenth top ten finish in a row and the consistent result see him up in the drivers’ championship order – he now sits in 7th.
“I drove the wheels off the Honda Motorcycle Dealer Team Supercar today. It was a shame to miss the final qualifying round by the smallest of margins, but we started in a better spot than yesterday and knew we could move forward.”
“The car showed great speed and I worked hard to pass cars on track, moving a fair way up the order. The call to pit under safety car was risky, if everyone behind the leading pack made that call, they could have been a threat in those final laps, but you never know who will pit and who won’t. We took the chance of pitting with hopes of a charge in the final laps, but it didn’t work in our favour. Disappointing result considering where we were before the safety car.”
Round 7 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown
Hidden Valley Raceway, Darwin, NT
14-16 June 2019
1 – Scott McLaughlin - 1646
2 – Fabian Coulthard -1402
3 – Shane Van Gisbergen - 1231
4 – David Reynolds - 1220
5 – Jamie Whincup - 1168
7 – Nick Percat - 1057
Published: 26 May 2019.