V8 Supercars race-winner Jack Perkins has been confirmed as the driver for the #4 Auto Union Deutsche Audi A4 for the upcoming final round of the 2015 Kerrick Sports Sedan Series, to be held at Sydney Motorsport Park across November 13-15.
Perkins has been filling in for injured regular steerer Darren Hossack, who suffered injuries to both knees in a speedway accident in April.
While originally the three-time KSSS champion had anticipated being back in the car for the season finale, the decision has been made for Perkins to continue in the seat.
“I don’t feel that I am yet back to the level overall that I need to be to get back in the car, and Jack is doing a fantastic job so it makes sense for him to finish the year off and hopefully get some great results for John and the team in Sydney,” said Hossack.
“I am also on the list for follow-up surgery to take the screws out of my leg, and I am not sure where that will land at the moment so the last thing I would want to do is to have to pull-out unexpectedly if a slot comes up.
“I have been really pleased to see how the team have been going and the improvements in the car, and I will certainly be cheering them on over the weekend.”
Perkins has certainly been enjoying his time in the Audi so far this year. Despite a rocky start at Winton with a minor gearbox issue, the last two events have seen him and the team come away with two clean-sweeps.
“In fairness to Jack I wanted him to finish the year off. I discussed it with Darren, and he was in agreement, Jack has put in a huge effort which we and the car have benefited from. Undoubtedly the category has also benefited and that's important to me,” said Gourlay.
For Perkins, the Sydney event will come just three weeks after he claimed his maiden V8 Supercar victory – taking out the Gold Coast 600 with the Holden Racing Team as co-driver for James Courtney.
“I am really looking forward to getting back in the car for the final round. The last two rounds have gone very well for us but the competition is only getting stronger so we are not expecting it to be a walk in the park by any means,” said Perkins.
“Darren has been great. I picked his brains a lot before I first drove it, and every weekend I've had questions for him whether it be regarding driving style, car setup, tyre pressures or racing against the others!
“Wakefield Park was a bit different to the other events because the KSSS hadn't been there for a few years so the car had moved on since they were there last.
“Hoss has been incredibly quick in the car everywhere but in particular in Sydney, so I've already looked through his notes and data and I'll chat with him before the race weekend as well.
“Every race I start, I want to win, but so does everyone else. The competition is only getting stronger so I expect the others to give us a good run for our money. It would be cool to continue the winning streak but nothing's forever!
“The Gold Coast win was truly awesome, it was probably one of the best days of my life. It's the combination of a lot of hard work over a long period of time but I'm pretty keen to prove it was no fluke.
“I've had lots of feedback from V8 fans about how well the sports sedan has been going so that's cool for the KSSS. Hopefully we can finish the year strongly for John and the whole team.”
The Kerrick Sports Sedan Series will be on-track at Sydney Motorsport Park across November 13-15. For full event information, please visit sportssedans.com.au
|1. April 1-2 Wakefield Park|
|2. June 17-18 Winton Motor Raceway|
|3. July 1-2 Sydney Motorsport Park|
|4. Sep. 30- Oct 1 Phillip Island|
|5. Oct. 27-29 Sydney Motorsport Park|