V8SDS: Perkins Motorsport Wakefield Park preview

Perkins' boys in black head to Wakefield Park Perkins Motorsport's two 19 year old young guns, Shane Price and Jack Perkins, head into the Wakefield Park round of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series this weekend with increased confidence and...

Perkins' boys in black head to Wakefield Park

Perkins Motorsport's two 19 year old young guns, Shane Price and Jack Perkins, head into the Wakefield Park round of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series this weekend with increased confidence and experience from their debut showing in Adelaide in late March

The two Holden VZ Commodores will have the same unsponsored livery as round one, featuring "Shane" and "Jack" on each of the car's bonnets to distinguish the two black machines from one another.

Price, who currently sits in eight position in the championship, is eager to get back behind the wheel of his #77 Holden Commodore after a solid start to his championship campaign.

"I am currently sitting eighth after the first round where I was dri ving a bit on the conservative side, so with all that considered, I am extremely excited leading into this round so, fingers crossed, I will be competitive," said Price.

"My expectations for Wakefield are to qualify in the top half of t he field, and throughout the weekend to progress forward, hopefully ending the weekend with more good points for the championship.

Perkins, fresh from his oneoff `main series' V8 Supercar Series race at the Australian Grand Prix is also ready to return to the Fujitsu Series at Wakefield Park after a positive start to the season at the first round.

"When the deal was done to race under the Greg Murphy #51 entry, I was extremely excited about the idea of racing against the main series drivers," said Perkins Jr.

"It meant I gained experience that wasn't part of our original racing schedule for the year. The more time you have in a car the better and it can only help as I increase my knowledge of the cars and how to get the best out of them.

"Adelaide was a great start to the year for the team, with both cars in the top 10 in race 2. Unfortunately I broke a gearstick in race one whilst following Shane through the field, which puts us back in the pack in the championship.

"The team did a great job getting both cars to the grid for Adelaide and then getting my car to the Grand Prix just a few days later.

"We are hoping for another trouble free weekend at Wakefield, and hopefully impress a few potential sponsors."

Neither driver has ever raced at the Wakefield Park circuit, but both see learning the 2.2 kilometre track as an easier proposition than the Clipsal 500 street circuit.

"Unfortunately, I have not had the opportunity to race at Wakefield, which of course is going to make the weekend slightly more diffi cult, however the track is a lot more forgiving than Clipsal, so I'm sure the learning curve will be much easier," said Price.

"It's always a challenge racing at a circuit I've never raced at before," Perkins said.

"But it will be good to go to a track with not as many walls as Adelaide and Melbourne!"

Team Owner Larry Perkins, has been impressed with the form shown by his two new young talents.

"Both Shane and my lad Jack have done what has been asked of them so f ar, they have kept the cars straight and each have brought their lap times down in every session they have been in," he said.

"They need to repeat their strong performances with three solid finishes each at Wakefield and in particular keep their noses clean in the reverse grid race."

Perkins and Price will head onto the circuit for the first time in practice on Saturday with three races to be held on Sunday. Just as in the main V8 Series, the second race will feature a full reverse gri d.

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Drivers Greg Murphy , Larry Perkins , Shane Price