Sydney Supercars: Percat denies Whincup milestone win

Andrew van Leeuwen

The two milestone drivers were locked in combat for much of the 32-lap race, Whincup getting a fast start from pole before being reeled in by Percat as the first stint wore on.

There was only a few tenths between them when Percat made his mandatory stop on Lap 14, taking four tyres on his Brad Jones Racing Holden.

Whincup pitted a lap later to cover the undercut, Triple Eight opting to fit his car with just two new tyres on the right-hand side.

That gave Whincup a couple of seconds breathing room, but it didn't last long. With the better tyre condition Percat was quickly on Whincup's bumper, before executing a smart move at Turn 4 on Lap 22 to snatch the lead.

From there Percat charged to a 3.1s victory, his first since Adelaide 2016 and BJR's first since Winton 2016.

"It’s amazing. I can’t thank Brad [Jones] and the whole team enough," said Percat. 

"Obviously Brad can’t be here – first thing, thank you Brad for having the faith in me. 

"It’s taken a few more years than I would have wanted but BJR, [engineer Andrew Edwards], everyone did a mega job and the Dunlop Super Dealer car is hooked up. 

"Obviously as soon as we were in a good position we just threw everything at it because [we wanted to] live for now and see how we go in Race 3."

Scott McLaughlin finished third after a thrilling four-way battle with Chaz Mostert, David Reynolds and Cam Waters in the closing stages.

Having dropped back through the field on older tyres early in the race, McLaughlin managed to claw his way onto the back of a battle between the other three. 

It wasn't until the final few laps that McLaughlin managed to work his way through, better tyre condition when it counted helping him pull three seconds over Mostert by the finish.

Reynolds finished fifth, with Waters slipping from third mid-race to sixth by the finish. The Tickford driver was almost overhauled by Shane van Gisbergen too, the Kiwi having dropped like a stone on poor tyres in the first stint, from third to 10th, before having better rubber for the run home.

Mark Winterbottom, James Courtney and Andre Heimgartner rounded out the Top 10.
Race 2 results:

Cla Driver Car Time
1 Australia Nick Percat
Holden Commodore ZB
2 Australia Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore ZB 3.181
3 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin
Ford Mustang GT 16.446
4 Australia Chaz Mostert
Holden Commodore ZB 19.768
5 Australia David Reynolds
Holden Commodore ZB 21.962
6 Australia Cameron Waters
Ford Mustang GT 23.046
7 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore ZB 23.502
8 Australia Mark Winterbottom
Holden Commodore ZB 24.372
9 Australia James Courtney
Ford Mustang GT 28.983
10 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner
Ford Mustang GT 33.569
11 Australia Scott Pye
Holden Commodore ZB 37.595
12 Australia Anton De Pasquale
Holden Commodore ZB 38.526
13 Australia Lee Holdsworth
Ford Mustang GT 39.181
14 Australia Jack Le Brocq
Ford Mustang GT 39.361
15 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard
Ford Mustang GT 43.011
16 Australia Macauley Jones
Holden Commodore ZB 49.857
17 Australia Alex Davison
Holden Commodore ZB 53.312
18 Australia Todd Hazelwood
Holden Commodore ZB 54.059
19 Australia Rick Kelly
Ford Mustang GT 56.801
20 Australia Bryce Fullwood
Holden Commodore ZB 57.581
21 Australia Garry Jacobson
Holden Commodore ZB 1'00.121
22 New Zealand Chris Pither
Holden Commodore ZB 1'05.837
23 Australia Jack Smith
Holden Commodore ZB 1'13.796
24 Australia Jake Kostecki
Holden Commodore ZB 1 lap
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