It was the one radio call Holden chauffeur Nick Percat didn’t anticipate as he took a look at the smouldering rear end of his Commodore.
Get back in and end up Sunday’s Supercars race in Townsville.
Moments in the past, Percat’s car had actually been swallowed up in flames after fuel was sparked by a trigger as he was handling fuel late in a drama-filled race at the Reid Park street circuit.
Percat had actually driven the car, with flames shooting out, to completion of pit lane where members of the DJR Team Penske and Red Bull Holden Racing Team utilized extinguishers to put out the blaze.
That’s when Percat followed guidelines and climbed up back in to the chauffeur’s seat, ultimately completing the race in 19 th position.
“That was interesting. When they told me to get back in, I was like ‘wait, what are you talking about?’,” the Brad Jones Racing chauffeur informed AAP.
“The only issue was the powder from the fire extinguishers so you can’t breathe at all … that wasn’t ideal but at least it was only a lap and a half.”
As significant as the intense minute was, Percat and his pit team were unhurt and they were grateful to competing staff member assisting to snuff out the blaze both outdoors and in Percat’s garage.
“The priority is humans – we can replace all the parts in the car,” the 2011 Bathurst 1000 winner stated.
“I assume the car is alright … I just got quite a hot arse for a second there and, yeah, it’s a credit to everyone that helped out at this end of pit lane and the Penske and Triple Eight guys that helped me out down there.”
Percat wasn’t the only chauffeur whose car burst into flames in a wild and damp race.
Nissan chauffeur Garry Jacobson had to closed down his Altima on the track right before Percat’s minute after it break into flames due to an engine accident, destroying his hopes of a top-10 surface.
“Just gutted for the guys because they really do stick behind me through thick and thin and it would’ve been good to give them the result they deserve,” Jacobson informed AAP.