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Percat reflects on emotional home win

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Percat reflects on emotional home win
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Nick Percat says there was ‘crazy emotion’ as he won his home race, the Clipsal 500, in exceptional circumstances.

Podium: winner Nick Percat, Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden
Winner Nick Percat, Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden
Winner Nick Percat, Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden
Nick Percat, Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden
Podium: winner Nick Percat, Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden

It was the second ‘against the odds’ win of Percat’s still young career, the South Aussie taking a superb Bathurst 1000 victory, as a rookie, alongside Garth Tander back in 2011.

Today, with torrential rain causing havoc on the streets of Adelaide, the hometown hero finished one spot ahead of former team-mate Tander, winning the Clipsal 500 for the unfancied LD Motorsport squad.

“I was born in 1988, and I’m pretty sure I was at the ’88 Grand Prix,” said Percat.

“I’ve done a few races here; I’ve seen every single Clipsal 500. So to win here is unbelievable. I can’t say more, it’s just unbelievable.

“There is a tree that was growing that I used to climb so I could see over the fence and watch these guys race. It’s crazy emotion coming into that last corner to win the Clipsal 500.

“To stand up there [on the podium], is unbelievable. The week I’ve had, the amount of following and encouragement I’ve had from the Adelaide fans is amazing, so it’s pretty good to repay them for a win.”

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Series Supercars
Event Adelaide
Location Adelaide International Raceway
Drivers Nick Percat
Author Andrew van Leeuwen