Long-time V8 Supercar racer Jack Perkins has his final test before the PIRTEK Enduro Cup in this weekend’s Dunlop Series at Winton Motor Raceway in regional Victoria.
The son of the great Larry Perkins has a star pairing with Fujitsu Racing GRM’s rookie sensation Scott McLaughlin for the endurance races, so time behind the wheel at Winton is critical.
Perkins is working on a deal to ensure he is on the grid at Winton to follow an impressive event victory at Queensland Raceway in the last Dunlop Series event.
The round has the largest field of the year, with 34 cars competing at the Victorian circuit, and the qualifying format has been split into two halves to accommodate the drivers.
The first leg of the PIRTEK Enduro Cup is less than a month away at the Wilson Security Sandown 500 from September 13-15.
“Right now I’m trying to win races, get plenty of seat time and prepare as best I can for the endurance races,” Perkins said.
“I’m very confident we can get another strong result this weekend. I can’t see a reason why we can’t qualify on the front row again and have another strong result for the team this weekend.”
Aside from missing the opening round in Adelaide, it has been a mixed season for Perkins, picking up seventh at the Chill Perth 360, ninth at the Sucrogen Townsville 400 and the round win at the most recent Coates Hire Ipswich 360.
“Eggleston Motorsport has given me a great car with great speed but we really only proved it at Queensland,” he said.
“We’ve known since Townsville our cars have speed so it’s really rewarding for me and the team to convert that into results.”
Perkins says he is working hard on backers to race the remainder of the year.
“I’m confident I will be racing but until I’m leaving pit lane – sometimes it takes until the 11th hour to have a deal finalised,” Perkins said.