Percat holds out Mostert for Race 2 victory
Nick Percat has held out a determined Chaz Mostert to secure a double-victory in Round 5 of the Dunlop Series at Bathurst.
The Coates Hire Holden driver repeated his Friday effort by leading every lap, but this time faced a race-long challenge from fellow front-row starter Mostert.
Mostert appeared to have the pace for the majority of the distance, with Percat receiving a bad sportsmanship flag mid-race for over-aggressively defending his position.
Percat looked to have the race won, however, when Mostert touched the wall on the run to McPhillamy Park and fell more than a second adrift with three laps remaining.
The Ford Performance Racing driver then fought back, running side-by-side with Percat into The Chase on the final lap before missing out on victory by just 0.13s.
Scott Pye finished third having briefly passing Mostert in the early stages with a dive-bomb move at Hell Corner. The manouvre occurred immediately after the Ford driver had enjoyed his own quick exchange of positions with Percat at The Chase and Murray’s Corner.
Filling fourth through 10th at the flag were Luke Youlden, Dale Wood, Scott McLaughlin, Tim Blanchard, George Miedecke, Andrew Jones and Geoff Emery.
Despite McLaughlin’s charge from 13th on the grid, the results see Mostert retake the points lead with two rounds remaining.
The 14 lap race featured a single Safety Car period towards its halfway mark after a crash from Aaron McGIll at the exit of McPhillamy.
Aaren Russell also came a cropper, crashing at The Cutting on the final lap.
Mostert now holds a 20 point lead over McLaughlin after five of seven rounds with Percat 104 points further adrift in third.
See below for the full Race 2 result
|1||Coates Hire Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore VE2||14||32:07.1613|
|2||Ford Performance Racing||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG||14||32:07.2898|
|3||Triple Eight Race Engineering||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore VE||14||32:09.7148|
|4||Jayco||Luke Youlden||Ford Falcon BF||14||32:13.3694|
|5||GB Galvanizing/Wilson Tech||Dale Wood||Holden Commodore VE||14||32:14.2563|
|6||Fujitsu Racing||Scott McLaughlin||Ford Falcon FG||14||32:14.2891|
|7||Jaylec Automotive Electrical||Tim Blanchard||Ford Falcon FG||14||32:18.4994|
|8||Bob Jane T-Marts/Sitech/Sonic||George Miedecke||Ford Falcon BF||14||32:20.1110|
|9||AzNew Racing||Andrew Jones||Holden Commodore VE||14||32:21.8917|
|10||R&J Batteries/EarthEx Logistic||Geoff Emery||Holden Commodore VE||14||32:26.9745|
|11||Simpro Racing||Ashley Walsh||Ford Falcon BF||14||32:28.6792|
|12||Go Karts Go||Drew Russell||Ford Falcon BF||14||32:32.9212|
|13||Bob Jane T-Marts||Rodney Jane||Ford Falcon FG||14||32:34.2489|
|14||GSS Mining Rentals/ReCar||Marcus Zukanovic||Holden Commodore VE||14||32:35.5975|
|15||Drill Pro||Daniel Jilesen||Ford Falcon BF||14||32:36.5427|
|16||Formula Tech/Interquip Racing||Brett Stewart||Holden Commodore VE||14||32:48.5711|
|17||Eggleston Racing||Ben Eggleston||Holden Commodore VE||14||32:49.4766|
|18||Warrin Mining||Adam Wallis||Holden Commodore VE||14||33:20.9397|
|DNF||Go Karts Go||Aaren Russell||Ford Falcon BF||13||30:23.9407|
|DNF||Minda/Jenny Barbar Recruitment||Elliot Barbour||Holden Commodore VE2||8||20:29.6352|
|DNF||Carrington Equipment Group||Michael Hector||Ford Falcon BF||5||11:44.0212|
|DNF||Solo Resource Recovery||Aaron McGill||Ford Falcon BF||5||14:21.0635|
See below for the updated points standings after Round 5 of 7
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