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‘Filthy with myself’: Percat explains Bathurst crash

NICK Percat was left to rue a mistimed downchange that took the #2 Walkinshaw Andretti United Commodore out of contention at the Repco Bathurst 1000.

Percat was running in fourth place when he came unstuck on the run to Forrest’s Elbow just prior to the halfway mark.

The 2011 Bathurst 1000 winner limped the car back to the pits for repairs, eventually rejoining 13 laps down with co-driver Warren Luff at the wheel.

“Bathurst, it’s annoying,” said Percat.

“The car was ridiculous. I was just driving around fuel-saving, thinking ‘this is going to be lovely when Luffy gets in it’.

“To be honest it’s the best car I’ve ever had here so it’s a real kick in the guts for the team.

“When I came around the wall there down to Forrest’s Elbow, when I went back to second it just mistimed the downchange, it had a dog-clash in the gearbox and rejected the second gear change and fired it back into third.

“From then on, I was just trying to recover it and keep it off the wall, but it was not to be today.

“Filthy with myself, I’ve come here a lot and it’s the second time I’ve had a car in the fence in 11 years. Not happy.”

Percat’s stricken Holden at Forrest’s Elbow. Pic: Fox Sports

Percat said the priority from here is to score points for WAU’s teams’ championship tally.

“Luffy will get back in, somehow get a few lucky dogs and we’ll circulate and get some team points,” he said.

“It’s important for the team points, but a massively missed opportunity today.”

Percat entered Bathurst 15th in the Supercars Championship standings amid a tough season with WAU.

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