Nick Percat will be chasing the top step of the podium in the new look number eight Freightliner Racing Commodore this weekend at Winton Motor Raceway.
Freightliner have been a key partner for Brad Jones Racing (BJR) since 2014, but this will be first time that two Freightliner-backed cars will feature at a Supercars event.
BJR unveiled the new look for Percat’s car on Wednesday night at Hartwig Trucks in Lavington.
“The number eight car looks awesome,” Percat said.
“It’s a different contrast to the matte black cars in the field and the pops of yellow and chrome will really make it stand out on track.”
He likes his chances this weekend and is looking to emulate past successes at the North East Victorian circuit.
“Winton is a happy hunting ground for Brad Jones Racing,” Percat said.
“It would be a dream to get both of the Freightliner cars on the podium.
“I know the team and I will be doing all we can to get up the front, especially after the run we’ve had so far this year.”
Percat has had a horror start to his tenure at BJR with some freakish crashes and a few engine issues, but he has a strong resolve to push through, buoyed by some fast times when on the track.
“The difference between the good guys and the very good guys, is the mental strength to keep pushing on,” Percat said.
“I put things in perspective – I’ve got a job to drive a racing car as fast as I can for a really good team – you’re living your childhood dream.
“It’s a high-pressure sport whether you’re winning or doing it tough, there is always pressure.
“This is a great team and when you have a good team supporting you, it’s easy to keep bouncing back.”
He is highly-rated by team owners Brad and Kim Jones and has shown great talent a few times already this year.
With a turn of good luck, he could be in contention for a win on the weekend.
“Given BJR’s past form here, you are a bit more excited than normal and hope to hit the ground running on Friday then tune the car from there.” Percat said.
“I’ve won here in every category I’ve driven in – except the main Supercar series - Formula Ford, even in the Supercar Development series here I beat (Scott) McLaughlin and (Chaz) Mostert.
“This will be the first year I’ve been here in a car that should be capable of winning, so I’m looking forward to it - I just like the place.”
Weather looks like it will play a part in the weekend’s action, with rain predicted for Friday and Saturday.
Drivers have two practice sessions on Friday and races on Saturday and Sunday.