MFL Sports Ambassador Nick Percat Winton Preview
This weekend we head to my team’s home track, Winton Raceway, in rural Victoria for the Winton SuperSprint.
I’d say it’s also the track on our Supercars calendar where I’ve had the most racing experience. I’ve raced there in go karts, Formula Ford and Porsche Carrera Cup, and Winton was also where I got my first ever Supercar podium, in the Dunlop Series in 2012.
On paper the circuit is a favourable one for Brad Jones Racing, with my teammate Tim Slade breaking his race win drought and clean sweeping the round there last year.
In Perth I feel that our team finally returned to some of the good form we had earlier in the year, which was a positive. I think we started to understand what I want from the car to be fast at a non-street-track type of circuit. This weekend will be a good test to see what we’ve learned from Perth. I’m confident of our package and keen to get good results.
Last year the whole field was covered by just over a second, which is extremely close when you consider the length of a lap. Passing can be pretty hard at Winton, but there are some good opportunities at turns three, seven, and into the second-last corner.
Macauley Jones will drive my car in the additional drivers practice session on Friday. I haven’t locked in a co-driver for the enduros yet so we are evaluating a few people and Macauley is one of them.
Extremely wet conditions are predicted on Friday and Saturday so we might not get a true indication of his pace, but it will be good to at least get him in the car and see if he fits. Obviously there’s a bit of a height difference between us, but we are not the only driver combination with that issue.
Macauley is also one of three wildcard drivers in the main game at Winton and I reckon a field of 29 cars combined with potential wet weather will make for an interesting weekend!
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