Phillip Island Provides Another Stepping Stone
In his first full season in V8 Supercars, 26 year-old Nick Percat has taken another step towards his goal of achieving an overall top 10 position with a trio of strong finishes at the Phillip Island 400 (14th to 16th November). Indeed, his results continued to improve throughout the weekend on the fast and flowing circuit with an 11th place finish in race 33, followed by a 10th in race 34 and an impressive 8th in Sunday’s 45 lap race 35. It was exciting racing at one of Percat’s favourite tracks, particularly on Sunday when he diced with the likes of Nissan’s Rick Kelly side by side through the sweeping Phillip Island curves at around 200kph!
There’s no doubt the number 222 Walkinshaw Racing Commodore driver is learning fast. After a difficult start to the season where he left the opening Clipsal 500 round in last place, the completion of the Phillip Island round sees Percat sitting in 12th place overall in the championship, 8 points behind Will Davison (Erebus Motorsport) in 11th and just 90 points from the coveted 10th place, held by Nissan’s Michael Caruso. With only one more round remaining – the championship finale at the Sydney 500 (5th – 7th December) – the Startline supported team is more determined than ever to finish the season on a high!
Startline has partnered with Walkinshaw Racing (which includes Holden Racing Team, Supercheap Auto Racing and Heavy Haulage Australia Racing) to help the team maintain its reputation for outstanding vehicle appearance.