Jack Perkins has fallen short of scoring one of his best finishes of the season after crashing out of the first race at the Sydney Telstra 500 today.

Perkins ran old tyres early in today's 74-lap race after qualifying in 27th position.

Aboard the #11 BET 247 Commodore, Perkins' strategy was to save his best tyres and pit on a different sequence to most, a call that paid off when he found himself in the top 10 mid-race.

Unfortunately for Perkins, he made contact with the wall on the exit of the final corner on lap 58, damaging his car and ending his race.

Garth Tander won today's opening race ahead of Mark Winterbottom and Jason Bright. The final race will be held tomorrow at the Sydney Olympic Park street circuit.


Jack Perkins - #11 BET 247 Holden Commodore:

"Full credit to the whole team -- they did a superb job of the strategy," said Perkins.

"We started on our old practice tyres and had very little speed in the car. I didn't know what to expect until we put the better tyres on.

"The car was really good, we had good strategy, it got us good track position, we had good speed and were holding our own in 12th or 11th. It was looking really good for a solid finish, our best for the year.

"Unfortunately I got to turn 13 mid to late in the race and I had massive understeer and massive push in the middle of the corner. I'm not sure really what happened to be honest.

"I don't know if there was a bit of oil or fluid on the track or what. Unfortunately it hit the wall and did a bit of damage, which is a complete disaster. It's a shame for the whole team and I'm pretty disappointed.

"We didn't get anything completely right in qualifying and tomorrow with new tyre and a bit more experience around the track we should be looking good.

"So I'm looking forward to having another crack at qualifying and another crack at the race. We deserved almost a top 10 today and I think qualifying should be better than today."