Fresh from taking on the Bathurst 1000 with the Holden Racing Team, Jack Perkins will this weekend field the #4 Auto Union Deutsche Audi A4 as part of the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series this weekend at Wakefield Park (16-18 Oct).
This weekend’s penultimate round of the 2015 Kerrick Sports Sedan Series sits neatly between the 1000 and next week’s Gold Coast 600 in the V8 ace’s busy driving schedule.
“Every race car driver wants to race cars, so to be able to do three on the trot is good fun,” said Perkins, who finished last weekend’s 161-lap adventure around Mount Panorama in 11th position with co-driver Russell Ingall.
“Bathurst obviously is a mega day. I didn’t get the result I was chasing for but we were in the hunt all day there and it was a promising race and it was good for my (HRT) team-mate Garth (Tander) to be on the podium.
“Now being here at Wakefield, this is where my focus is. John (Gourlay – car owner) has done an enormous amount of work between the (KSSS) races and has been putting a few upgrades into the car.
“Today is our first day on the track with those things, and we are really looking forward to the weekend ahead – hopefully we can continue the form we showed at Queensland Raceway.
“It is obviously going to be a pretty tough battle – all of the other guys are quite competitive drivers and they have good cars, so by no means is it a walk in the park, but we are going to try and do what we did at Queensland, that is for sure.”
Perkins was called up to the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series from round two of the 2015 season, after the regular steerer of the Auto Union Deutsch Audi A4 – Darren Hossack – was sidelined in April with fractured knees incurred in a speedway accident.
While not in the hunt for the title, at the last round (Queensland Raceway in August) he blew away the competition with a clean-sweep of the event – throwing down the fastest tin top lap ever set at the facility in the process. For those focused on the title chase – the top three (Steven Tamasi, Tony Ricciardello and Tom Randle) are separated by just eight points as the penultimate round gets underway – Perkins is a potentially dangerous wild card in their weekend.
“(Their championship battle) makes no difference to me whatsoever, I am here to win,” said Perkins.
“Nothing changes for me. Those guys probably more need to be aware of the fact that I am not in the championship. They might be a bit more conservative, but we are here to push on and get the best results for John and everyone in the team – there are definitely no distractions on that front.”
While Perkins may be away from his HRT driving duties this weekend, he is still enjoying the company of team-mates this weekend.
“I ran into Garth here this morning actually, he is busy running (his wife) Leanne’s entry in Formula Ford. Garth and I are racers at heart and he enjoys getting away from driving duties to work on Leanne’s car. He prepares it during the week and I don’t mind getting my hands dirty either, so we are pretty likeminded in that respect. It would be good to see Leanne go well, and hopefully I can as well!” said Perkins.
At the end of the day, despite his busy racing calendar, it is clear that the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series has a fan in the 29 year old from Melbourne.
“I just enjoy driving race cars, and these cars in particular. They are faster than V8 Supercars, and they grab your attention!” said Perkins.
“A lot of the drivers go off and do GTs with air conditioning and power steering and traction control, but I sort of enjoy muscling this thing around. It has plenty of grunt!
“We have a great crew of guys here and we all have a bit of fun and enjoy our racing and that is what it should be about, it is stress free and good fun.”
The Kerrick Sports Sedan Series undertakes three unofficial practice sessions today (Friday 16 October), ahead of two sessions of qualifying and the first of three races for the weekend on Saturday (17 October) and two further races on Sunday (18 October). For full event information, please visit sportssedans.com.au
|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|