Nick Percat will race for Brad Jones Racing in the 2017 Supercars Championship, the team has announced.
The news comes barely a day after the Albury-based outfit confirmed that long-time driver Jason Bright will exit the team after seven years of service.
Percat, 28, will join Brad Jones Racing after two largely trying seasons racing for the Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport team.
Percat was part of the Walkinshaw stable until the team downsized at the end of the 2014 season, leaving him in the wilderness until he secured an eleventh-hour call-up to join LDM.
The South Australian claimed a fluke victory for LDM on home soil at this year’s Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, and later went on to finish on the podium at the Bathurst 1000 this year.
These rare successes have punctuated two very barren years with the poorly-funded LDM operation and Percat has made no secret of his desire to move further up the grid.
Percat remains highly-rated in the Supercars paddock and will be expected to feature more prominently in Brad Jones Racing’s more competitive Holden Commodores.
“It will be great to work with the team at BJR,” said Percat of his new deal.
“They are a respected Holden team and one I’ve wanted to work with for quite a while now. I couldn’t be happier with the announcement and I’m looking forward to hitting the ground running.”
Percat will reunite with his former teammates Tim Slade and Tim Blanchard, with whom he was teammates at Walkinshaw in 2014 and LDM in 2015 respectively.
Team owner Brad Jones expressed his delight at the opportunity to sign Percat.
“I’m really eager to see how Nick goes next year,” he said. “I’ve been keeping an eye on him over the years and watched his success in Formula Ford and especially the Dunlop Series.
“There is no doubt that Nick has a lot of talent behind the wheel. If you look at our team history with unlocking driver talent, I think Nick will be yet another driver we can get to the front. He is undeniably fast.”
The future of the outgoing Bright is still unknown, although the 43-year-old veteran has expressed his desire to remain in the Supercars Championship on a full-time basis next year.
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