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TODAYS TIMES

Practice Three

Position: 22nd – 1:20.3441s

Fastest: Scott McLaughlin – 1:19.4601s

Qualifying

Qualified: 10th – 1:19.5274s

Pole Position: Scott McLaughlin – 1:19.1136s

Race 13 – 120kms/40 Laps

Finished: 19th

Winner: Rick Kelly

 

COMING UP

Sunday 20th May

10:25-10:45 – Qualifying

13:45-15:35 – Race 14 – 200kms/67 Laps

 

THE WORD FROM NICK

Conditions were cool at Winton Motor Raceway today for the 13th race in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. Times were tight as always, with Nick qualifying in 10th, not even half a second off the leader.

Nick got a good start to the race but found the Timken Racing Commodore was not looking after its tyres as well as usual. After battling with a couple of cars Nick was pushed wide off track not once but twice, and down the order.

The safety car came out on lap 31 or 40 when Tim Blanchard got caught in the sand trap, so the team took the opportunity to pit Nick to change tyres and give him a chance to fight a few places forward in the final laps. It was a tough finish for Nick, crossing the line in 19th.

The Winton event wraps up tomorrow, with another qualifying session and a final 200km race.

 

NICK

“I got a bit of damage at the start, and then had minor gearbox issues. I got bumped off the circuit during a couple of the battles trying to maintain position, it was pretty poor to be run off the road twice. With Anton he didn’t have a mirror, so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. However, when Simona tagged me that was pretty straight forward and blunt.”

“I dropped back a number of spots and after talking to the guys on the radio we would only lose 2 spots if I pitted under that safety car but I had the opportunity to make up more than if I stayed out, so we pitted and I fought back from 23rd to 19th. Not how we wanted today to go, we’ve got a lot to do to ensure we don’t go backwards tomorrow.”

Published: 19 May 2018.

#8 Nick Percat

Brad Jones Racing

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