Percat Returns Home

Published: 26 October 2021
Nick Percat will drive Car No. 2 from 2022.
Nick Percat will drive Car No. 2 from 2022.

Pictured: Nick Percat will drive Car No. 2 from 2022.

Walkinshaw Andretti United is delighted to announce that Nick Percat will join the Team as driver of Car No. 2 for the 2022 Supercars Championship and beyond.

Percat, 33, has signed a multi-year deal with the Team to return, and will drive alongside teammate Chaz Mostert in the Walkinshaw Andretti United stable.

After a seven-year hiatus, South Australian born Percat returns to the team he made his Supercars debut with.

His relationship with Walkinshaw Racing however, dates back to 2008, including Percat’s progression through the Formula Ford Championship (Australian Champion in 2009), the Supercars development series (now known as the Super2 Championship), and as a Holden Racing Team endurance driver.

Percat made his solo main game debut for the Team in 2014, where he would go on to finish 12th in the Championship in his rookie year.

This period was highlighted by his 2011 Bathurst 1000 win alongside Garth Tander for the Holden Racing Team, winning on debut in The Great Race.

He was also on the Bathurst podium for Walkinshaw Racing in 2014 alongside Oliver Gavin, and finished second at Sydney Motorsport Park in Round 9.

Now, Percat has 242 Supercars starts, four wins and 12 podium finishes to his name.

While excited for 2022, the Team remains fully focussed on the remaining events in the 2021 season, which concludes with the Bathurst 1000 on December 1-5.

Nick Percat

“I am extremely excited and grateful to be joining Walkinshaw Andretti United. Having been with the Walkinshaw family during my junior days in Formula Ford and Super2 this is where I feel at home.

“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. 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.

“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.”

Ryan Walkinshaw

“It’s fantastic to have Nick back with our team. Nick and my family share a great history together, and I’m excited at the opportunity to add to that going forward.

“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.”

Michael Andretti

“It’s great to have Nick join us for the 2022 Supercars Championship. He has a great history with this team, dating back a long time, and I’m really excited to see what Nick can add going forward.

“It strengthens our team, and creates a formidable duo alongside Chaz, which we hope allows us to fight for the Teams Championship as well.

“I’m excited for 2022, but in the meantime, I can’t wait to watch the remainder of the 2021 season play out, including Bathurst!”

Zak Brown

“It’s fantastic to have Nick join the team for 2022 and beyond. He’s a fantastic driver who strengthens our line-up, as we push to continually move up the grid.

“It’s an exciting driver combination, and I have no doubt Nick and Chaz will constantly push each other to continue to improve.

“Nick and Garth’s 2011 Bathurst winner sits proudly in my collection, so I think it’s only fitting we get him back in the seat when the opportunity presents.

“Before then though, we’ve got 2021 to focus on with Chaz and Bryce, finishing strongly, and carrying momentum over to when Nick joins us next year.”