NICK PERCAT SPLITS WITH BRAD JONES RACING

Nick Percat will leave Brad Jones Racing at the end of the 2021 Supercars season. Pic: Supercars / Mark Horsburgh

NICK Percat has made the next big move of the 2022 Supercars silly season by announcing he will leave Brad Jones Racing at the end of the year.

Percat is currently in his fifth Repco Supercars Championship season with the team since joining it in 2017, and broke through for two race wins last season.

The team had announced in June that it had re-signed Percat on a multi-year deal.

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Percat has yet to reveal his destination for the 2022 season, only that he will announce his plans “in due course.”

“I will be parting ways (with) Brad Jones Racing at the end of the end of the 2021 Supercars Championship season,” Percat said in a statement on his social media channels on Monday morning.

“This has been a difficult decision to make.

“Brad has always backed me and had faith in me to do the job for the team, and I can’t thank him and the whole team at Brad Jones Racing enough for the last five years.

Percat broke through for a pair of race wins with BJR in 2020. Pic: Supercars / Mark Horsburgh

“Together we’ve battled the highs and the lows, added trophies to the cabinet and had plenty of good times.

“Most importantly I’ve built some very good friendships which I hope will continue on.

“In regards to next season and beyond, I’ll be announcing mine and Nelson’s plans in due course but I can confirm Nelson will not be relinquishing his role as the unofficial dog of Supercars anytime soon.”

Percat currently sits eighth in the championship off the back of a string of top 10 finishes, headlined by third place in the opening race at Hidden Valley.

“At the completion of the 2021 Supercars Championship season, Nick Percat will depart Brad Jones Racing,” a short statement from BJR read.

“Nick joined the team in 2017 and went on to start 134 races for 2 race wins, 7 podium finishes and a pole position.

“BJR continues to focus on the rest of the 2021 Championship with Nick and we will be working hard to finish the season strongly.”

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.