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The added meaning behind Percat’s new number

MATT Stone Racing’s double change of Supercars race numbers offers a sense of back to the future for Nick Percat.

The Chevrolet team’s off-season recruit will sport the #10 this season.

That choice is understood to have largely been about getting the Stone family as close to the iconic #4 and #9 combination of its Stone Brothers Racing days (#9 currently belongs to Erebus Motorsport, but #10 was also connected to SBR for a time via a customer car of Mark Larkham).

It just so happens to be that Percat’s Supercars Championship debut came in the #10.

Then aged 21 and a Walkinshaw Racing protégé, Percat partnered Andrew Thompson in the 2010 Phillip Island 500. Higher profile co-drivers Ryan Briscoe and Mika Salo subsequently took over for Bathurst and Gold Coast, respectively.

Now a veteran of 316 main game races, Percat’s second use of #10 will come at the 2024 season-opener next month at Mount Panorama.

The number has plenty of significance in ATCC/Supercars history, too.

It was twice driven to victory in the Great Race (John Goss/Armin Hahne in 1985 and Peter Brock/David Parsons/Peter McLeod in 1987) as well as to the 1986 ATCC title by Robbie Francevic.

Other ATCC/Supercars race winners using the #10 include Larkham, Ian Geoghegan, Allan Grice and Bob Morris.

The #10 Commodore of Andrew Thompson and Nick Percat at the 2010 Phillip Island 500. Pic: an1images.com / Justin Deeley
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