NICK PERCAT SEALS RETURN TO WALKINSHAW ANDRETTI UNITED

Nick Percat will drive for Walkinshaw Andretti United in 2022. Pic: Supplied

NICK Percat will join Walkinshaw Andretti United for the 2022 Repco Supercars Championship.

The 33-year-old will replace Bryce Fullwood in the team’s #2 entry in a move that pairs him with Chaz Mostert, giving the Holden squad one of the strongest driver lineups on next year’s grid.

“I’ve dreamt of having my name next to the No. 2 from a very young age and now for it to be reality is amazing,” Percat said.

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“Driving alongside Chaz is something I am really looking forward to, he is undoubtedly one of the fastest guys on the grid.

“We spent a lot of time racing against each other since Formula Ford so now I’m excited to be joining forces with him as we work together to continue the team’s progression to the front of the grid.

Percat received support from Walkinshaw Racing in Formula Ford. Pic: Supplied

“I cannot wait to repay the faith to the team, especially Ryan and Martine; the Walkinshaw family has been a huge part of my career since 2007.”

Percat has been linked with the second WAU seat since announcing last month that he will leave Brad Jones Racing, his home since 2017, at the end of 2022.

The new multi-year deal marks a homecoming for Percat; the team ushered his path through Formula Ford and into Supercars, famously culminating in a win in his debut ‘main game’ race alongside Garth Tander at the 2011 Bathurst 1000 and his first full-time Supercars Championship season in 2014.

Garth Tander and Nick Percat won the 2011 Bathurst 1000 for the Holden Racing Team. Pic: Supplied

“Nick and my family share a great history together, and I’m excited at the opportunity to add to that going forward,” team co-owner Ryan Walkinshaw said.

“We saw what a talent Nick was from a young age, working with him as he climbed the ranks into a main game driver and a Bathurst winner, and now to have him back home is really fitting.

“He’s a fantastic driver, and his performances prove he belongs in the conversation of the top drivers in the category.

“Our short-term focus is on the remainder of 2021, we can’t wait to get back racing with Chaz and Bryce, and will look to finish the year on a high.

“No one needs any more motivation than winning Bathurst to finish the year, but I’m also looking forward to 2022, as we continue to work towards bringing this team back to the front.”

Will Dale is V8 Sleuth's Head of Content - Digital. He began his media career as a breakfast radio newsreader before joining SPEED TV Australia and FOX SPORTS Australia in 2012 as its Digital Editorial Lead - Motorsport, covering all forms of motorsport both in Australia and internationally. He became part of the V8 Sleuth team in 2018.