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Explained: Percat’s Indigenous Round livery

NICK Percat’s Indigenous Round livery has been unveiled ahead of the mission to take his Camaro to another win in the Northern Territory.

Percat is this year driving MSR04, the chassis with which Jack Le Brocq delivered Matt Stone Racing’s maiden Supercars Championship victory 12 months ago in Darwin.

Percat has since added to that tally, in March at Albert Park, and is keen to contend this week at Hidden Valley.

“Stoked to finally be able to show everyone our Bendix Indigenous livery for Darwin,” he said.

“It’s always an exciting round with all the special liveries celebrating First Nations culture, and the team at Bendix and MSR have done a fantastic job with Car #10.

“It’s also a round with some good history after last year’s win for MSR and my podium in 2017, so hopefully we can walk away with some Didgeridoos this year.”

Jack Le Brocq and Matt Stone celebrate victory last year in Darwin. Pic: Ross Gibb

Artist Billy-Jay O’Toole, who is also behind Cameron Hill’s fresh livery, explained the design.

“At the bottom of the artwork I’ve embedded a symbolism of the many hills and mountains in the region which are significant places and landmarks on Wadawurrung Country,” said O’Toole said.

“Above that there’s a line of cross hatching, a traditional marking honouring that we are on Wadawurrung Country. Then there’s a reference to the many waterways which were resources for Wadawurrung people for thousands of generations.

“Eucalyptus leaves are embedded into the artwork to showcase Bendix’s passage on country, to welcome and cleanse all while they are on country.

“The four birds shown in the painting also hold significance. Bunjil the wedged tail eagle was the creator of Wadawurrung Country 60,000 years ago – using his big powerful wings he created and carved the land to what it is today.

Pic: Supplied

“Waa, the crow is the protector of Wadawurrung Country and is emotive to Bunjil. Kunawarra the black swan is present in the artwork, as one of the largest black swan populations is on Wadawurrung Country at Lake Wendouree.

“Pawan the magpie sang to the first sunrise on Wadawurrung Country, and is part of our creation story, so was important to include.

“Meeting places on the painting are shown as a sign of journeying, representing the different countries Bendix gets to see through Supercars racing.

“And the handprints signify Bendix employees and stakeholders’ commitment to honouring and celebrating First Nation’s culture by applying this artwork to its Supercar for the upcoming Indigenous Round.”

On-track Supercars action in Darwin begins on Friday.

The branding of Nick Percat’s karting team JND Racing is a new addition to the front of the #10. Pic: Supplied
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