As regular steerer Darren Hossack recovers from injuries sustained in a speedway incident, V8 Supercar driver Jack Perkins will take the wheel of the John Gourlay-owned Auto Union Deutsche Audi A4 for round two of the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series (Winton Motor Raceway, 15-17 May).
Perkins – who was recently signed as co-driver for the Holden Racing Team’s James Courtney for the 2015 PIRTEK Enduro Cup - brings a strong level of experience to the role, with 58 V8 Supercar starts under his belt including nine at the Bathurst 1000.
“I have always watched sports sedan racing as a kid and I have been keeping an eye on the more recent battles between Darren and Tony and I want to take this opportunity to wish Darren all the best for his recovery,” said Perkins.
“You never like replacing someone due to injury but I think it should be a great opportunity to drive John’s car. I was very impressed when I saw the car in the workshop, it looks like a fantastic piece of engineering. While I hope Darren can recover as quickly as possible, I am definitely looking forward to doing the best I can for John and the team.”
Two-time KSSS champion Hossack fractured one knee and broke the other when he rolled his wingless sprint car at Simpson Speedway on Saturday the 11th of April. Following surgery earlier this week the 45 year old now faces an intensive rehabilitation program over the coming months.
“Obviously I am disappointed that my injuries have impacted my ability to drive the car for John and also my ability to work, but these are the risks you take when you race any car,” said Hossack, who is the Race Team Manager for DPE Kart Technology.
“I said to John to make sure he put someone in the car – there is no reason for him not to be pursuing his racing just because I am not available, and it will be good to have someone of Jack’s calibre bringing his knowledge to the table also.
“I just want to say thank you to everyone in the motorsport community for all of their support since the accident – it has meant a lot to receive so many messages and reading them has certainly helped pass the time in the hospital that is for sure.
“We also want to say a big thank you to the staff of Simpson Speedway and also to the friends and fellow competitors who helped with the car on the night, we really appreciate the assistance and the support. Finally, I want to send a special thank you to my wife Mel, she has been absolutely amazing through all of this.”
Car-owner Gourlay said he was looking forward to welcoming Perkins to the team.
“Obviously the entire team and I are wishing Darren all the best in his recovery. He is one of our own and we were all devastated to hear of his accident and so glad that he wasn’t more seriously injured,” said Gourlay.
“While we are ready to support his recovery however we can, the show must go on and so we have acquired the services of well-known V8 Supercar identity Jack Perkins to drive the Auto Union Deutsche Audi A4 in the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series in the meantime and we look forward to welcoming him to the team.”
The Kerrick Sports Sedan Series is one of the most exciting on the annual Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals calendar, pitting a range of ‘wild and winged’ modified sports sedans and trans-ams against each other. Part of The Nationals since its inception in 2006, the Kerrick Sports Sedans represent the fastest tin-tops in Australia and in some cases, the fastest outright cars on a number of national circuits. In 2015, the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series will contest five national circuit racing events across four states:
|1. April 1-3 Sandown Motor Raceway|
|2. June 10-12 Winton Motor Raceway|
|3. July 29-31 Queensland Raceway|
|4. Sep. 9-11 Phillip Island GP Circuit|
|5. Nov. 11-13 Sydney Motorsport Park|