Frenchman Alexandre Prémat's alliance with Scott McLaughlin continues in this year's PIRTEK Enduro Cup.
Prémat won the 2016 Enduro Cup alongside Shane van Gisbergen at Triple Eight, but was lured to Shell V-Power Racing to reunite with McLaughlin in '17.
The pair – full-time and enduro partners at Garry Rogers Motorsport – grabbed a second at Sandown and win on the Gold Coast, but suffered engine problems at Bathurst.
Garry Rogers was behind Prémat's first Supercars opportunity, naming him as a surprise replacement for the outgoing Lee Holdsworth in 2012.
Learning new cars, tracks and rivals, he was benched for that year's Gold Coast event by Rogers amid a tough run.
Prémat continued with GRM in 2013 alongside rookie McLaughlin, but slipped back to co-driving when Volvo driver Robert Dahlgren arrived.
Two Enduro Cups with McLaughlin was followed by a single season with van Gisbergen in 2016, then a switch to DJR Team Penske.
Before heading down under, Prémat built an impressive resume in touring cars, open wheelers and sportscars.
He was the 2002 French Formula Renault champion and runner-up in the Formula 3 EuroSeries in '04, the year he won F3's Macau Grand Prix and Zandvoort Masters.
Fourth in GP2 followed in 2005, along with helping France win the 2005/06 A1 Grand Prix title.
Prémat also experienced Formula 1 in 2006, acting as third driver for the Spyker team at the Chinese Grand Prix.
A stint with Audi followed from 2007 to '10, in the DTM and occasionally with the German giant's sportscar program.
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