Nick Percat takes pole on Porsche debut

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Thursday 28th February, 2013 - 5:32pm

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Nick Percat

Nick Percat

Nick Percat will start his first ever Carrera Cup Australia race from pole position after edging out Craig Baird in qualifying at the Clipsal 500.

Percat, who has joined the all-Porsche class this season following three years in V8 Supercars’ second-tier Dunlop Series, set the pole time of 1:22.60s on his final of five consecutive hot laps to finish the session.

Baird missed knocking off the young South Australian by 0.19s, while fellow V8 Supercars endurance co-drivers Warren Luff and Steven Richards will make up the second row of the Race 1 grid.

Shae Davies, Karl Reindler, Steven Johnson and Matt Kingsley filled fifth through eighth, while the first of the Elite Class runners, Damien Flack and James Koundouris, completed the top 10.

Michael Patrizi triggered the only red flag, with the West Australian’s damaged Porsche needing to be recovered after an incident at Turn 8.

The first of three races for the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia will take place at 1430 tomorrow.

See below for the full qualifying result

1 Coates Hire Racing Nicholas Percat (SA) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:22.6031
2 Jet Travel Insurance Craig Baird (NZ) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:22.7900 0:00.1869
3 N2C/Phase 8 Warren Luff (NSW) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:22.9499 0:00.3468
4 Laser Plumbing & Electrical Steven Richards (Vic) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:22.9917 0:00.3886
5 Team Kiwi Racing Shae Davies (QLD) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:23.3756 0:00.7725
6 Rusty French Racing/Skye Sands Karl Reindler (WA) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:23.4305 0:00.8274
7 Hunter Sports Group Steven Johnson (QLD) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:23.5180 0:00.9149
8 Action Tyres & More Matthew Kingsley (Qld) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:23.8752 0:01.2721
9 Direct Nappy Supplies Damien Flack (Qld) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:24.0687 0:01.4656
10 Supabarn Supermarkets James Koundouris (ACT) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:24.4653 0:01.8622
11 AFS/Pure Energy/N2C Tony Bates (Vic) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:24.7167 0:02.1136
12 Team BRM/Rentcorp Property Grp Duvashen Padayachee NSW Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:24.8277 0:02.2246
13 McGrath Estate Agents Shane Smollen (NSW) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:24.9768 0:02.3737
14 Permagard Automotive Max Twigg (Vic) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:25.0757 0:02.4726
15 Hallmarc Marc Cini (Vic) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:25.7054 0:03.1023
16 Grove Group Stephen Grove (Vic) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:26.1540 0:03.5509
17 Porsche Centre Brighton James Bergmuller (Vic) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:26.3128 0:03.7097
18 Hallmarc Michael Loccisano (Vic) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:26.3792 0:03.7761
19 Objective Racing Tony Walls (NSW) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:27.8353 0:05.2322
20 Fujitsu Racing Renee Gracie (Qld) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:28.4643 0:05.8612
21 Ausdrill/Onsite Racing Michael Patrizi (WA) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:31.0480 0:08.4449

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