Percat “nervous” for potential wet weather running at Gold Coast 600

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Nick Percat has admitted he’s “nervous” at the prospect of wet weather heading into this weekend’s Gold Coast 600.

Rain has been forecasted for the Pirtek Enduro Cup decider, set to make the challenging street circuit even more difficult, with Percat stating he is apprehensive for the possibility of wet weather running.

“I’m a little bit nervous here because I’ve never driven around Surfers in the wet,” Percat told Supercars.com.

“It will be a new adventure but there’s really only one line, the track is very narrow.

“If it is wet, we can’t go exploring for different grip levels, or run wider in some spots because you are bound to find a wall.

“I think that it will grab your attention if you have a sideways moment here, and you’ll find yourself in the concrete pretty quick if that does happen.”

Percat and co-driver Macauley Jones narrowly missed out on success at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, leading the race in the closing stages before a mistake saw their race end on the final lap.

The South Australian says he is excited for the Gold Coast, and ready to rebound from a promising Bathurst weekend that ended in disappointment for himself and Jones.

“I’m feeling good,” Percat said.

“A bit charged after Bathurst because it was obviously a big and tough weekend up there.

“We’ve come here to the Gold Coast pretty early to get stuff prepped for the weekend, but it’s an amazing event, the whole city gets into it and there’s a really good vibe around Surfers Paradise, so as a driver you love coming up here each year.”

The 29-year old reinforced how brutal the Surfers Paradise street circuit can be, with the concrete barriers always looming.

“The Gold Coast is one of the toughest ones we go to all year,” outlined Percat.

“Adelaide 500, Bathurst, here (Gold Coast 600) and Newcastle potentially could be on that list as well of the toughest tracks we go to.

“Surfers Paradise is one of those where you make a mistake, you’re in the fence and often we see cars in the wall on Friday already, which can cause a pretty big roll on affect for the rest of the weekend.

“We definitely treat it with a lot of respect.”

The Castrol Edge Gold Coast 600 begins with the opening Practice session on Friday, ahead of the first 300km race on Saturday afternoon, scheduled for 14:25 local time.

Image: Nick Percat’s Facebook page.