NICK Percat will remain with Brad Jones Racing until the end of the 2020 Supercars season.
The Bathurst 1000 and Adelaide 500 winner has put pen to paper on a two-year extension of a deal that began at the start of 2017.
“I am really excited to have extended my contract with Brad Jones Racing,” Percat said.
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“The goal with Brad, Kim and the whole team was to fight for race wins and eventually a championship.”
Although his Phillip Island weekend was blighted by front bumper failures, Percat’s second season with BJR is already a clear step ahead of his first in terms of success.
The 29-year-old converted a front row start to a podium finish in tricky conditions in Race 5 at Albert Park, before going one better the following day with a second-place finish that represents his best result with the Albury team.
“When Brad and Kim told me they wanted to extend my contract I couldn’t have been happier,” he said.
“BJR is where I want to be and where I think I’ll get my best result. I know the results we have had so far this year are just the beginning, the whole team is working extremely hard to give me a winning package.”
“My first year with BJR was character building for the whole team and I, and the way BJR continued to push and get on with the job was seriously impressive. This team is a big family, everyone has each other’s back and we all have the same goal.
“I can’t wait to score my first race win with BJR and continue to improve the car, this will be the longest period of continuity I’ve had in my Supercar career. I believe that continuity is what wins races and lets you fight for championships.”
DRIVER CONTINUITY UNTIL THE END OF 2019
Percat’s signing gives BJR continuity on the driver front until the end of the 2019 season.
Although it was not publicised at the time, Tim Slade signed a two-year extension to his contract with the squad in the middle of last year, guaranteeing the team will sport an all-South Australian driver line-up next year.
“Nick’s commitment and pace for us is unquestionable, so we’re really happy to have that stability and consistency going forward with both Nick in Car 8 and Tim Slade in the Freightliner/Alliance Truck Parts Commodore,” team boss Brad Jones said.
“I feel like Nick has grown with us in his time here already and he fits into the team really well; I can’t wait to see what we can achieve as a group over the next three years.”
Percat’s car will retain its Coregas livery when the championship resumes at Barbagallo Raceway for the Perth SuperSprint on May 4-6.