Nick Percat takes first Dunlop Series race win
Nick Percat has added a Dunlop Series race victory to his resume in the reverse top 10 grid Race 2 at Barbagallo.
The 2011 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 winner passed pole-sitter Rodney Jane on the eighth lap of the race and was not again headed.
Matthew White Motorsport team-mates Tim Blanchard and Luke Youlden took second and third respectively, while Scott McLaughlin, Chaz Mostert, Rodney Jane, Ashley Walsh, David Russell, Daniel Jilesen and Scott Pye rounded out the top 10.
The race was punctuated by two early Safety Car periods. The first was called on the opening lap when a stalled Andrew Jones was clipped by Dale Wood – stranding both Commodores on the circuit.
The full-course yellows flew again shortly after the restart as Matthew Hansen and Michael Hector simultaneously beached their entries in the Turn 1 sand.
Fortuitously, Percat managed to pass Jane between the incident occuring and the Safety Car being called.
The Coates Hire Commodore reset the fastest lap of the race on three consecutive occasions following the restart, eventually heading home Blanchard by 3.65s.
Jane’s team-mate George Miedecke endured a wild race, with the second of the Sonic Motor Racing Services Falcons spearing off at the first corner, before eventually chalking up a DNF.
Mostert continues to lead the points standings after five races, with McLaughlin, Percat, Youlden and Pye rounding out the top five.
The third and final race of the weekend for the Dunlop Series will take place at 1305 tomorrow.
McLaughlin and Pye will share the front-row under the combined points format, ahead of Walsh, Youlden, Mostert, Blanchard, Percat, Jane, Jilesen and Russell.
CLICK HERE for Speedcafe.com’s Race 1 report and results from earlier today
See below for the full Race 2 result
|1||Coates Hire Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore VE2||18||24:03.2555|
|2||Jaylec Automotive Electrical||Tim Blanchard||Ford Falcon FG||18||24:06.9087|
|3||Proformance West||Luke Youlden||Ford Falcon BF||18||24:08.4743|
|4||Fujitsu Racing||Scott McLaughlin||Ford Falcon FG||18||24:08.8925|
|5||Ford Performance Racing||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG||18||24:09.1733|
|6||Bob Jane T-Marts||Rodney Jane||Ford Falcon FG||18||24:11.0095|
|7||Simpro Racing||Ashley Walsh||Ford Falcon BF||18||24:11.3311|
|8||DT Racing||David Russell||Holden Commodore VE||18||24:11.9756|
|9||Matt Stone Racing||Daniel Jilesen||Ford Falcon BF||18||24:13.6018|
|10||Triple Eight Race Engineering||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore VE||18||24:14.3309|
|11||Greg Murphy Racing||Marcus Zukanovic||Holden Commodore VE||18||24:16.2237|
|12||Minda Motorsport||Elliot Barbour||Holden Commodore VE2||18||24:17.9646|
|13||Go Karts Go Aust||Drew Russell||Ford Falcon BF||18||24:18.4295|
|14||NDD||Geoff Emery||Holden Commodore VE||18||24:19.0422|
|15||Go Karts Go Aust||Aaren Russell||Ford Falcon BF||18||24:20.0576|
|16||DT Racing||Cameron Waters||Holden Commodore VE||18||24:20.4525|
|17||Formula Tech/Interquip Racing||Brett Stewart||Holden Commodore VE||18||24:24.3456|
|18||Warrin Mining||Adam Wallis||Holden Commodore VE||18||24:30.0286|
|19||Pacific Hoists||Nandi Kiss||Holden Commodore VE||18||24:38.3726|
|DNF||Bob Jane T-Marts/Sitech||George Miedecke||Ford Falcon BF||13||24:54.8285|
|DNF||Earth Ex||Matt Hansen||Holden Commodore VE||8||15:56.8126|
|DNF||Carrington Equipment||Michael Hector||Ford Falcon BF||8||16:55.5670|
|DNF||GB Galvanizing/Wilson Tech||Dale Wood||Holden Commodore VE|
|DNF||Team BOC||Andrew Jones||Holden Commodore VE|