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Percat’s reset at Matt Stone Racing

Nick Percat talks Matt Stone Racing, Walkinshaw Andretti United and more in SupercarXtra Magazine issue #131.

15 January 2024

Nick Percat is one of many drivers moving teams for the 2024 Repco Supercars Championship, looking for a career reset at Matt Stone Racing (MSR) after a difficult spell at Walkinshaw Andretti United. SupercarXtra Magazine chatted with Percat ahead of the move in issue #131.

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Percat and Matt Stone had not spoken other than exchanging the odd pleasantries in pitlane prior to their post Tailem Bend meeting following the 2023 OTR SuperSprint. Despite MSR eyeing a number of drivers for the seat vacated by Erebus Motorsport-bound Jack Le Brocq, Percat made no pitch. He went with a more personal approach.

Percat had decided he was content. If he didn’t get another full-time drive in Supercars, he wasn’t going to be upset. He was happy with what he had achieved and felt privileged to have had the opportunity to be on the grid. He had planned for life after Supercars; already running his own karting team.

After asking Stone for a visit to the MSR workshop following Tailem Bend, the 2011 Bathurst 1000 winner boarded a plane bound for the Gold Coast seeking to learn more about the team that he will now be driving for in 2024.

“I didn’t want it to be a secret that I was coming up; I wanted the crew to be there and just doing their day-to-day work,” said Percat.

“I wanted to get a feel for the place. I think I had only been there for 10 minutes and looked at Matt and said, ‘Yeah, I think we need to make this fit, make this happen.’ I really enjoyed the feel of the workshop. The crew and the culture they’ve built there is really cool.”

Percat said the deal came together pretty quickly after the discussion with Stone, and some assistance from “people in my corner.”

“I just asked him [Stone] to give me a run through the team and he took me through all the different departments,” revealed Percat.

“We sat down at the end and had a coffee and spoke more about what he’s trying to achieve. And that’s what got me excited… it was a pretty easy negotiation. I think he appreciated that I didn’t come up there and promise the world. The pitch was more just getting to know each other as people. It’s probably a little bit of a different way of going about it, but I was keen on making sure I’m working with the right people.”