PERKINS LOOKS FORD TO ENDUROS Best mates, Tim Slade and Jack Perkins have been confirmed as teammates for the 2010 V8 Supercar endurance races. Slade and Perkins will co-drive the ...
PERKINS LOOKS FORD TO ENDUROS
Best mates, Tim Slade and Jack Perkins have been confirmed as teammates for the 2010 V8 Supercar endurance races. Slade and Perkins will co-drive the #47 SBR prepared, Wilson Security Racing Falcon that is run under the James Rosenberg licence at the L&H Phillip Island 500 and Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
Jack, son of Larry Perkins, a six time Bathurst winner and Holden Legend has raced at Mt Panorama four times but never in the seat of a Ford. This weekend, twenty-three year old Perkins will get his first taste of an SBR Ford Falcon when he drives the #47 car in the first two sessions of Practice at Winton Raceway on Friday.
This weekend will also see Jack compete in the Fujitsu Development Series after taking a recent victory in the final race at QLD Raceway earlier this month.
"It's great to be back in the main game for the enduros with a team with the record of Stone Brothers. It's going to be good to pair up with Tim, being that he is a good mate of mine and we are similar height and size should make it pretty good", said Perkins.
"I know my role is to bring the car back to Tim and try and secure a good result for the team and sponsors. I think our chances are pretty good really, we know what we both want from the car so I think if we just go about our business a bit quietly we should have a good run.
"Tim and I get along really well on a personal and professional level, we know what we have to do when the helmet goes on, it should be good fun to race together but there is also a serious side.
"SBR are a top shelf team, they have prepared solid race cars for many years and I am really looking forward to this weekend when ill get to jump in the #47 Falcon and have a drive for the first time.
"Obviously my goal is to get back in a fulltime drive next year, but you can't lose sight of the fact that this about getting a good result for Tim, SBR and James Rosenberg, so that's my priority at the moment."
SBR Team Principal, Ross Stone feels Perkins is a great match for Slade in the upcoming enduro races.
"The Perkins name is one of the most celebrated and respected names in Australian motorsport. I have known Larry since 1986 and over the years we have worked together on technical committees where a lot of good work was done.
"I am really looking forward to getting Jack on board with us, I think Jack and Tim are one of those pairings that will surprise everyone, they won't be favourites but there is absolutely no reason why they can't come away with some great results.
"I think it's safe to say that Jack is back on everyone's radar after some great results in other categories so far this season."
Tim Slade who also lives with Perkins, his mate of ten years is thrilled to have him as his partner for Phillip Island and Bathurst.
"Jack and I have been friends for a long time, we met each other in our karting days. I won the Australian CIK Junior Championship with Jack as my mechanic so we have built up a pretty strong relationship since then.
"Ever since James put the deal together with SBR to run me in the main series I have always had Jack in the back of my mind for the enduros, I think he is a perfect fit, I have a lot of faith in him, he is more than capable of doing the job."