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Nick Percat Gold Coast 600 preview

Hi everyone!

I’m really looking forward to getting back to the Surfers Paradise circuit, because street tracks are always my favourite. Getting to slide the cars up close to the walls at almost 200 kilometres an hour is good fun, and you know you’re close when you wipe the mirrors off the car!

The Vodafone Gold Coast 600 is the second round of the Pirtek Enduro Cup, and I’m definitely hoping for a better weekend than Bathurst.

We showed at Bathurst that we had good qualifying speed, making it into the Top Ten Shootout, so we need to take advantage of that here at the Gold Coast in order to come away with a decent result.

Generally, the co-drivers start the race, so qualifying in a good position will be crucial. I want to give my co-driver Tim Blanchard a good starting spot to help him keep out of trouble and help us set up the race well.

It’s a tough race because strategy-wise you can either go hard and hope there’s safety cars or do a bit of fuel saving and take less time in your pitstops.

It would be rare for the race to go green the whole way, and interestingly no Gold Coast race has even had a 100% finishing rate.

Last year I finished sixth in the Saturday race (Sunday’s race was a washout and declared a no race), so I have plenty of confidence heading back to the infamous ‘concrete jungle’.

For us drivers it’s one of the toughest events physically on the calendar. It’s also one of the most enjoyable because of the whole atmosphere in and around the race precinct.

There are big parties and activations that happen all around the track and it’s a good, fun place to be for that week.

Car #8 is running a striking yellow and black Freightliner Alliance livery for this event, which is almost identical to my teammate Tim Slade’s #14 Car.

Hopefully we can continue to get speed out of it and maybe even come away from the weekend with a surfboard trophy. I know Tim is keen to get a big result for the team, and I’d love nothing better to stand on the Gold Coast podium with him!
 
Remember, you can follow me on social media for updates across the event.
 
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