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MSR swoops on Percat for two-year deal

NICK Percat has won the race to potentially the last vacancy on the 2024 Repco Supercars Championship grid.

The four-time main game race winner will join Matt Stone Racing on a two-year deal, replacing Erebus-bound Jack Le Brocq.

Eponymous team owner Matt Stone was eyeing a proven driver to keep their newfound Gen3 momentum rolling and work alongside freshly re-signed young gun Cameron Hill – and they’ve now got their man.

It is believed Percat pipped the likes of Scott Pye and Jayden Ojeda to get the nod.

“We are thrilled to have Nick joining the team on a multi-year deal,” he said.

“When we were looking for a driver to fill our available seat for 2024, we were looking for someone with proven race-winning experience.

“It’s exciting to sign a driver that has not only achieved race wins multiple times, but also won Bathurst and had such strong consistent championship results in his time at BJR.

“The Bathurst 1000 is a clear goal on the top of MSR’s list.

Garth Tander and Nick Percat celebrate victory in the 2011 Bathurst 1000. Pic: Supplied

“After our maiden race win earlier this year in Darwin, having someone like Nick in the team next year, is another big step up for the team.

“I look forward to the results that we can unlock with Nick, and together with team-mate Cameron Hill will be a strong combination over the next two seasons.” 

Percat established himself as a regular podium threat at Brad Jones Racing, finishing top 10 in the championship in four successive seasons (2018-21).

Things have unravelled since joining Walkinshaw Andretti United last year, with the 34-year-old hungry to bounce back.

“I really like the way Matt runs his team and the family feel and culture he’s got going on there,” said Percat.

“It only took a few minutes to realise I was keen to join the team when I met with him at the workshop and saw the team for myself.

The #34 Camaro driven by Jack Le Brocq. Pic: Supplied/Christian Hartung

“It’s really positive and I can’t wait, but also for me personally, it’s cool to be back aligned with the GM family.

“Obviously it’s a big part of my family’s history and my love of road cars started thanks to Holden, so it’s very cool to be driving back under that banner.

“The results that MSR has achieved with the new Gen3 car have been super impressive. I can definitely see why and how they are so strong now that I’ve got to know Matt and a few guys a bit better.

“I’m looking forward to continuing that, and the team itself is in a really good position to kick some goals over the next few years.

“Hopefully I’m a big part of that and can help with a bit of experience and we can keep pushing towards the front.

“Matt’s assembled a great group of guys and girls there that can get the job done. I can’t wait to be a part of a new team and drive a new car for the upcoming seasons.”

Percat will share his #2 WAU Mustang in this weekend’s Sandown 500 with Fabian Coulthard.

MSR meanwhile is the seventh team to formally confirm its entire 2024 driver line-up, along with Triple Eight, Dick Johnson Racing, WAU, Grove Racing, Erebus Motorsport and Team 18.

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