Chassis switch for Courtney/Perkins

  • 13/09/2017
  • By Stefan Bartholomaeus
  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

A retro livery isn’t the only change for James Courtney and Mobil 1 HSV Racing ahead of this weekend’s Wilson Security Sandown 500.

The team has rebuilt Courtney’s primary chassis, WR 022, which was heavily damaged in the multi-car pile-up at Symmons Plains in April.

WR 022 had been built new at the start of 2016 for Courtney, winning a race on debut at that year’s Clipsal 500.

Courtney has been racing WR 020 since Winton in May after the team’s post-Symmons Plains decision to revive WR 021 caused friction.

Having run WR 022 at its Winton test last week, Courtney and co-driver Jack Perkins are itching to get into the Sandown weekend.

“It’s great to be back at enduro season, everyone goes to another level this time of year,” said Courtney.

“Having Jack again is a bonus. We work really well together, and have a lot of similarities in the car.

“Our focus is to keep working on the development of the car, taking steps forwards like we have been.”

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Perkins is among seven drivers doing double-duties in the PIRTEK Enduro Cup and Dunlop Super2 Series, making for a busy weekend.

“The boys haven’t had the year they had hoped, but endurance season is a great time to turn it around,” he said.

“Our cars usually go pretty well this time of year, especially at Sandown, so I’m excited to be back out there.

“I’m really happy to be back with my mate JC in the car again, with a championship winning livery on the car.

“The key to this weekend is to make no mistakes, and aim for that top 10.

“It’s endurance season, so anything can happen, but if we aim for that, we can bank some valuable points for the PIRTEK Enduro Cup.”

Mobil 1 HSV Racing will unveil a retro livery for its #2 Scott Pye/Warren Luff entry later today.

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