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Friday 23rd April, 2010 - 4:46pm

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Andrew Thompson in his Bundaberg Red Racing Commodore at Hamilton last week

Andrew Thompson in his Bundaberg Red Racing Commodore at Hamilton last week

Fujitsu V8 Series rookie Nick Percat will get his first laps in a V8 Supercars Championship Series session next weekend at Queensland Raceway.

The Walkinshaw Racing-supported driver will steer Andrew Thompson’s #10 Bundaberg Red Racing Commodore VE in the rookie/endurance driver sessions on Friday morning.

The reigning Formula Ford Champion regularly drives the #222 Jay Motorsports Commodore VZ in the Fujitsu V8 Series.

Percat’s stint in Thompson’s car is likely to be the first of a few stints in the car this year. The same rookie/endurance driver session will be held at Winton Raceway (May 14), and Thompson might even get his maiden start in the Championship Series at Phillip Island in September alongside Thompson.

At this point, Walkinshaw Racing has secured the services of Cameron McConville, David Reynolds and Craig Baird for the two races at Phillip Island and Bathurst. V8 international Ryan Briscoe will team up with the squad at Bathurst, but due to a scheduling clash, can’t make the Phillip Island race. Briscoe was selected by the Toll Holden Racing Team to race at the Gold Coast 600.

This leaves the four-car team searching for one driver for Phillip Island, and Percat’s name has been mentioned as a possibility alongside Thompson …

At the Ipswich track next weekend, look for McConville to drive Garth Tander’s #2 car, Reynolds to drive Will Davison’s #22 and Baird to steer Fabian Coulthard’s Bundaberg Red #24 racer. This is the likely, although unconfirmed, seats that they will fill in the endurance races.

Other notable rides include Mark Noske’s place at Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport. Noske will test with Dumbrell early next week at Winton before getting more seat time at QR, thanks to his nomination on the session. Noske is expected to secure that ride in the #30 Gulf Western Oils Commodore alongside rookie Daniel Gaunt.

Below is the entire list of drivers getting seat time at Queensland Raceway next weekend ahead of the City of Ipswich 300.

1

TeamVodafone Triple Eight Race Engineering Pty Ltd Jamie Whincup Steve Owen

2

Toll Holden Racing Team Walkinshaw Performance Garth Tander Cameron McConville

3

Centaur Racing Bellmont Nominees Pty Ltd Tony D’Alberto Shane Price

4

Irwin Racing Stone Brothers Racing Pty Ltd Alex Davison

5

Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon Prodrive Racing Aust Pty Ltd Mark Winterbottom Luke Youlden

6

Dunlop Super Dealer FPR Falcon Prodrive Racing Aust Pty Ltd Steven Richards James Moffat

7

Jack Daniel’s Racing Motorsport Holdings Pty Ltd Todd Kelly

8

Team BOC Brad Jones Racing Jason Richards Andrew Jones

9

SP Tools Racing Stone Brothers Racing Pty Ltd Shane Van Gisbergen John McIntyre

10

Bundaberg Red Racing Team Walkinshaw Performance Andrew Thompson Nick Percat

11

Rock Racing Perkins Engineering Pty Ltd Jason Bargwanna

12

Triple F Racing Triple F Racing Dean Fiore Michael Patrizi

14

Trading Post Racing Brad Jones Racing Jason Bright

15

Jack Daniel’s Racing Motorsport Holdings Pty Ltd Rick Kelly

16

Stratco Racing Perkins Engineering Pty Ltd Tony Ricciardello

17

Jim Beam Racing DJ & CS Holdings P/L Steven Johnson Marcus Marshall

18

Jim Beam Racing DJ & CS Holdings P/L James Courtney Warren Luff

19

Dick Johnson Racing Stephen John Webb Jonathon Webb David Russell

21

Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Britek Motorsport Pty Ltd Karl Reindler

22

Toll Holden Racing Team Walkinshaw Performance Will Davison David Reynolds

24

Bundaberg Red Racing Team Walkinshaw Performance Fabian Coulthard Craig Baird

30

Gulf Western Oil Racing Lucas Dumbrell Investments Pty Ltd Daniel Gaunt Mark Noske

33

Fujitsu Racing/GRM Garry Rogers Motorsport Lee Holdsworth David Besnard

34

Fujitsu Racing/GRM Garry Rogers Motorsport Michael Caruso Greg Ritter

39

Supercheap Auto Racing Nemo Racing Pty Ltd Russell Ingall Paul Morris

47

Wilson Security Racing James Rosenberg Racing Pty Ltd Tim Slade

51

Castrol Edge Racing Nemo Racing Pty Ltd Greg Murphy

55

The Bottle-O Racing Team Rod Nash Racing Pty Ltd Paul Dumbrell Dean Canto

888

TeamVodafone Triple Eight Race Engineering Pty Ltd Craig Lowndes Mark Skaife

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