Percat and first-time winner Le Brocq take Sydney Supercars spoils

Nick Percat took his second win in as many Supercars race weekends with a well-crafted race two effort at Sydney Motorsport Park, while Jack Le Brocq won a thrilling finale

Percat and first-time winner Le Brocq take Sydney Supercars spoils

Having taken the pain of two sets of hard tyres in the opening Sydney race on Saturday, Percat came into Sunday's first 32-lapper with a healthy stock of soft compound tyres.

That effectively put him on the same starting strategy as Shane van Gisbergen, the pair swiftly clearing hards-shod polesitter Scott McLaughlin and charging into the lead.

Percat spent the entire first stint glued to van Gisbergen's bumper, before diving into the lane to take on a full new set of softs on lap 12.

Had Triple Eight pulled van Gisbergen in on the next lap things may have been interesting at the front, however, for the second day in a row, the factory Holden squad opted to go for a long first stint.

And, just like the opening race, it didn't work. By the time van Gisbergen pitted on lap 22 he was destined to be dumped back in the pack.

That cleared the way for Percat to take a comfortable win, the Brad Jones Racing driver a handy 8.8 seconds down the road from Fabian Coulthard at the finish.

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"We knew our long tyre pace was good, so we tried to force the hand of Triple Eight," said Percat of his relatively early stop.

"I thought they were going to play the softs-softs game, so I thought 'well you can try and pass me now, because I've had a crack at you for 10 laps'.

"It was mega. Credit to BJR, Brad [Jones], [engineer Andrew Edwards], everyone there.
"They backed how I look after a tyre so we could do a strategy like that. Good fun."

Coulthard, who ran softs in both stints, was a lonely second, with an 11s gap back to team-mate McLaughlin, who took third after a brilliant battle as van Gisbergen slipped back to eighth.

McLaughlin stormed back into contention after pitting for softs on lap 13.

From the back of the Top 10 McLaughlin worked his way back to fifth starting the final lap, right on the back of James Courtney and Rick Kelly as they squabbled over third.

He then picked off Kelly, before denying Courtney a first podium as a Tickford driver by out-dragging him to the finish line.

Tickford Racing driver Le Brocq claimed his maiden Supercars win in the finale, after finding himself in contention having saved his two sets of soft tyres.

Andre Heimgartner, Todd Hazelwood and David Reynolds all did likewise, the foursome staging a thrilling battle for victory in the second stint as they all crossed the line within 1.4s of each other.

"I don't know, it hasn't really sunk in yet," Le Brocq said when asked how the win felt.

"I don't really know what to feel at the moment!"

Van Gisbergen, Coulthard and McLaughlin came home 12th, 13th and 14th after struggling through the race on hard tyres.

Van Gisbergen actually made decent ground from his 22nd starting spot, while McLaughlin tried a set of used softs for the first stint that caused him to plummet back through the field.

However he's still emerged from the SMP weekend with a very healthy championship lead, the gap now 107 points over Jamie Whincup.

Race 2 result (32 laps)

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Nick Percat Brad Jones Holden 50m22.6474s
2 Fabian Coulthard DJR Penske Ford 8.8746s
3 Scott McLaughlin DJR Penske Ford 19.6363s
4 James Courtney Tickford Ford 19.6610s
5 Chaz Mostert Walkinshaw Holden 20.4635s
6 Rick Kelly Kelly Ford 20.6076s
7 Garry Jacobson Matt Stone Holden 21.0735s
8 Shane van Gisbergen Triple Eight Holden 27.5044s
9 Cameron Waters Tickford Ford 27.6736s
10 Jack Smith Brad Jones Holden 31.2289s
11 David Reynolds Erebus Holden 55.7699s
12 Andre Heimgartner Kelly Ford 56.6689s
13 Anton De Pasquale Erebus Holden 57.3778s
14 Mark Winterbottom Schwerkolt Holden 1m04.4044s
15 Bryce Fullwood Walkinshaw Holden 1m06.7820s
16 Jack Le Brocq Tickford Ford 1m07.3984s
17 Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Holden 1m07.6413s
18 Chris Pither Sydney Holden 1m08.1635s
19 Lee Holdsworth Tickford Ford 1m08.6549s
20 Todd Hazelwood Brad Jones Holden 1m12.1029s
21 Scott Pye Schwerkolt Holden 1m17.0898s
22 Macauley Jones Tim Blanchard Holden 1m20.8032s
23 Alex Davison Sydney Holden 1 Lap
24 Zane Goddard Matt Stone Holden 1 Lap

Race 3 result (32 laps)

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Jack Le Brocq Tickford Ford 50m34.9487s
2 Andre Heimgartner Kelly Ford 0.6213s
3 Todd Hazelwood Brad Jones Holden 0.8123s
4 David Reynolds Erebus Holden 1.4898s
5 Scott Pye Schwerkolt Holden 8.6238s
6 Mark Winterbottom Schwerkolt Holden 12.8076s
7 Bryce Fullwood Walkinshaw Holden 14.1615s
8 Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Holden 14.8842s
9 Chaz Mostert Walkinshaw Holden 24.1739s
10 Zane Goddard Matt Stone Holden 28.6006s
11 Nick Percat Brad Jones Holden 46.5672s
12 Shane van Gisbergen Triple Eight Holden 53.4401s
13 Fabian Coulthard DJR Penske Ford 54.5475s
14 Scott McLaughlin DJR Penske Ford 58.5984s
15 Lee Holdsworth Tickford Ford 1m04.2453s
16 James Courtney Tickford Ford 1m08.2038s
17 Rick Kelly Kelly Ford 1m09.4265s
18 Cameron Waters Tickford Ford 1m11.2251s
19 Anton De Pasquale Erebus Holden 1m11.5664s
20 Alex Davison Sydney Holden 1m12.3247s
21 Jack Smith Brad Jones Holden 1m13.3133s
22 Chris Pither Sydney Holden 1m16.9474s
23 Macauley Jones Tim Blanchard Holden 1m17.1502s
24 Garry Jacobson Matt Stone Holden 1m22.1797s

Drivers' standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Scott McLaughlin 802
2 Jamie Whincup 695
3 Chaz Mostert 610
4 Nick Percat 569
5 Cameron Waters 569
6 David Reynolds 562
7 Shane van Gisbergen 539
8 Lee Holdsworth 535
9 Mark Winterbottom 514
10 Andre Heimgartner 456
11 Fabian Coulthard 454
12 Todd Hazelwood 431
13 Jack Le Brocq 424
14 Rick Kelly 398
15 Anton De Pasquale 395
16 Bryce Fullwood 366
17 James Courtney 354
18 Scott Pye 338
19 Macauley Jones 314
20 Jack Smith 282
21 Garry Jacobson 255
22 Will Davison 231
23 Chris Pither 216
24 Zane Goddard 204
25 Alex Davison 148
26 Jake Kostecki 74


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