Percat slams "laughable" van Gisbergen contact

Nick Percat says the contact from Shane van Gisbergen that tipped him into a teammate tangle with Todd Hazelwood was "laughable".

Percat slams "laughable" van Gisbergen contact

The awkward clash between the two Brad Jones Racing drivers and van Gisbergen started on the way into Turn 5 on the opening lap, with Percat run slightly wide by Hazelwood.

That cost Percat enough momentum for van Gisbergen to get into his rear bar, which spun him into Hazelwood.

The clash took Percat out of the race, while Hazelwood dropped to the back of the field and could only recover to 18th.

Van Gisbergen, meanwhile, was slapped with a drive-through penalty for his role in the clash. He went on to finish 11th.

Speaking to Fox Sports right after seeing a replay of van Gisbergen's on-board, Percat said the contact was "laughable" and that the Kiwi should have rolled out of the throttle.

"That's actually laughable. Unreal," he said. 

"He's having a Shane day where he doesn't bleed out of the throttle. Disaster. 

"Hopefully it will be a nicer day tomorrow, I've got some more tyres up my sleeve unintentionally. It would have been nice if Shane had feathered the throttle a bit to not cause a car accident, but yeah..."

The Darwin opener was a miserable affair for BJR, with a mid-race crash from Macauley Jones leaving the team with three damaged cars to deal with before tomorrow's two heats.

The only positive was a 12th place for Jack Smith, who used the Safety Car caused by Jones' crash to take on soft tyres for a charge through the field.

 
shares
comments
Darwin Supercars: De Pasquale takes first win

Previous article

Darwin Supercars: De Pasquale takes first win

Next article

Dutton takes the blame for Whincup penalty

Dutton takes the blame for Whincup penalty
Load comments
How taming his temper shaped Supercars' slow-burn star Prime

How taming his temper shaped Supercars' slow-burn star

His decision to leave Brad Jones Racing was the biggest shock of the Australian Supercars silly season so far. But for Nick Percat, it comes as the culmination of a personal journey that has made him into one of the most rounded drivers in the series, now in search of a seat that can make him a champion

Supercars
Sep 17, 2021
Why replacing Supercars' GOAT with a teenager is worth the risk for T8 Prime

Why replacing Supercars' GOAT with a teenager is worth the risk for T8

On the face of it, picking an 18-year-old rookie to replace arguably the greatest Supercars driver of all time is a risky move. But as Jamie Whincup takes up a team principal role and hands his car to Broc Feeney, it's one that he is confident will be rewarded in the fullness of time - time which wasn't afforded to Whincup in his early days

Supercars
Sep 1, 2021
How Randle went from fighting cancer to battling for Supercars contention Prime

How Randle went from fighting cancer to battling for Supercars contention

After his fledgling career was paused by a battle with testicular cancer, Thomas Randle then had to wrestle with finding a drive in Supercars after he got the all-clear. It's been a long road for the Melbourne native but, after two lengthy battles, he's finally got a full-time drive to look forward to

Supercars
Jun 29, 2021
How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle Prime

How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle

With Supercars’ Gen3 era on the horizon, a shift is set to take place – in more ways than one – but, as has become clear in recent weeks, the plan to bin the stick and use paddles with electronic assisted shift has been met with fierce opposition

Supercars
May 24, 2021
Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske? Prime

Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske?

Roger Penske's whirlwind Australian Supercars sojourn is over. After six seasons, three drivers' titles, three teams' championships and a Bathurst 1000 crown, The Captain has sold his controlling stake in Dick Johnson Racing back to the squad and walked away from the category.

Supercars
Feb 26, 2021
Can Whincup be Triple Eight's ruthless leader? Prime

Can Whincup be Triple Eight's ruthless leader?

Supercars' most successful team of the past 15 years is set for a radical shakeup next year when Jamie Whincup retires from driving and takes over the reins at Triple Eight. But does he have what it takes to be the new Roland Dane?

Supercars
Feb 8, 2021
How a lifetime Supercars deal broke down in one year Prime

How a lifetime Supercars deal broke down in one year

David Reynolds inked what was effectively a lifetime deal with Erebus in 2019 – only to walk out a year later. What went wrong?

Supercars
Dec 18, 2020
Why Supercars now needs a new "human salt harvester" Prime

Why Supercars now needs a new "human salt harvester"

Scott McLaughlin has been a controversial figure in Supercars over the past few years but, as he heads off to a fresh challenge in IndyCar, the Australian tin-top series needs to find someone else to fill his drama-filled boots as the category enters a new era...

Supercars
Nov 3, 2020