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Percat podium ‘better than Bathurst’

The Bathurst 1000 is universally recognized as the pinnacle of supercars, but tell Nick Percat about it.

The 34-year-old’s second-place finish in the first race of the Adelaide 500 will forever be remembered by the Percat family.

In Holden’s farewell from Supercars, Parcat made it 1-2 over Walkinshaw Andretti United as team-mate Chaz Mostert claimed a thrilling win in Saturday’s chaotic race.

The narrow-minded South Australian was devastated when the Adelaide 500 was scrapped in 2020, with Holden retiring that same year.

But after a change in state government, the famous Adelaide event has returned.

Parcat’s father Mark, grandfather Italo, and great-grandfather Paolo were all former employees of Holden’s South Australian factory in Elizabeth.

The Commodore driver said Saturday’s race was more fun than when he won Bathurst in 2011 as Garth Tander’s co-driver.

“It’s the coolest thing I’ve ever been involved with,” he said.

“For me, who watched this race as a kid and was a tragic HRT (Holden) fan, the last four or five laps were like, ‘This is actually unbelievable. ‘I saw a ‘childhood moment’.

“It’s a pretty surreal moment and a great story for our team.

“My grandpa met Chaz the other day and was totally hooked, so now I hope my grandpa is really hooked.

“What it means for the team and my family, the way we were able to get on the podium here is better than winning in Bathurst for personal reasons.

“What just happened is a pretty big deal.”

Purcat’s emotions were also fueled by a difficult year on the track after leaving Brad Jones Racing in the off-season.

It was Parcatt’s first podium since Sydney in October 2021, but he now hopes to carry over the momentum from Adelaide into next season when the Gen3 machines go on sale.

Percat podium ‘better than Bathurst’

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