Name: Nick Percat
DOB: 14 September 1988
Birthplace: Adelaide, SA
Lives: Melbourne, Victoria
Race Car: Holden VF Commodore
Race Car Number: 8
Personal Vehicle: Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA45
Favourite Circuit: Bathurst
Go-Karting, cycling, fitness, beach time with dogs Doug & Nelson.
Bathurst 1000 winner Nick Percat joins Brad Jones Racing for his fourth full-time Supercars season in 2017.
Percat competed in Formula Ford, winning the national title in 2009, breaking Steven Richards’ record for most race wins.
He then progressed to V8 Supercars Development Series in 2010 and finished fourth in the standings, earning him an endurance drive alongside Garth Tander in 2011.
The duo claimed victory at the Bathurst 1000, Percat becoming the first rookie winner in 30 years. He remained part of HRT’s endurance lineup while he continued to race full-time in the Dunlop Series until the end of 2012.
In 2013, Percat stepped up into the Porsche Carrera Cup and placed second, stacking up a record amount of pole positions and fastest laps.
He received the full-time call up in 2014 with Walkinshaw Racing and in his debut season Nick recorded another podium finish (3rd) at the Bathurst 1000. He rounded out the year 12th in the championship, enlisting him as the highest placed rookie.
When Walkinshaw scaled back from 4 cars to 2, Nick found himself at Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport for the 2015 & 2016 Supercars seasons. 2015 did not end the way he had hoped, missing out on the last two rounds of the championship after being diagnosed with a blood infection, stemming from a burned foot sustained at the Castrol Gold Coast 600. Percat finished 22nd in the championship.
2016 provided a number of highlights for Nick, winning the season opener Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, and again stepping onto the podium at the Bathurst 1000. Percat finished the season in 18th position.
In 2017 Nick will work alongside former team-mates, Tim Slade and Tim Blanchard. He is looking to re-kindle his fast form, with many excited to see how Nick will perform at BJR.
Paul Scalzo studied at RMIT University gaining his mechanical engineering degree in 2008.
Paul spent two seasons with Paul Morris Motorsport before moving to the engineering team of Brad Jones Racing in 2010. Paul was part of BJR’s maiden V8 Supercars win in 2011 helping Jason Bright to victory at Barbagallo.
Paul took on a promotion as Head Engineer on the #8 Commodore in 2015, working more closely with Jason Bright over the 2015/2016 season. Paul is eager to team up with new driver Nick Percat and together they are keen to get the #8 Commodore back in the top ten in 2017.