Nick Percat splits with Brad Jones Racing

Former Bathurst 1000 champion Nick Percat has announced his shock split with Brad Jones Racing, just months after signing a contract extension with the team.

Percat joined BJR in 2017, and sits in eighth place in this year’s championship.

He won two races in 2020 on the way to finishing seventh in the series.

“I will be parting ways (with) Brad Jones Racing at the end of the 2021 Supercars Championship season,” Percat said in a statement.

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“This has been a difficult decision to make.

“Brad has always backed me and had faith in me to do the job for the team, and I can’t thank him and the whole team at Brad Jones Racing enough for the last five years.

“Together we’ve battled the highs and the lows, added trophies to the cabinet and had plenty of good times. Most importantly, I’ve built some very good friendships which I hope will continue on.”

The move comes just a week after Andre Heimgartner announced his surprise departure from Kelly Grove Racing, with Heimgartner the favourite to take Percat’s spot at BJR.

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Percat’s decision is a major twist in the driver market for 2022, given he announced in June that he’d signed a multi-year contract extension with BJR.

The 2011 Bathurst 1000 winner has already been linked to a move to Walkinshaw Andretti United for 2022.

“In regards to next season and beyond, I’ll be announcing mine and Nelson’s plans in due course but I can confirm Nelson will not be relinquishing his role as the unofficial dog of Supercars anytime soon,” he said.

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