Jack Perkins (racing driver)
|Born||22 August 1986|
|Related to||Larry Perkins (father)
Eddie Perkins (grandfather)
|V8 Supercar Development Series|
|Years active||2006, 2008, 2010-11|
Independent Race Cars
Paul Morris Motorsport
|Best finish||2nd in 2011 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series|
|Victorian Formula Ford
Australian Formula Ford
Aussie Racing Cars
Jack 'Perko' Perkins (born 22 August 1986) is an Australian V8 Supercar driver for Eggleston Motorsport in the DunlopV8 Supercar Series. He is the son of Australian motor racing legend Larry Perkins, in whose team Perkins Engineering, he drove between 2006 and 2008. Initially as an endurance race only driver in 2006, in 2007 Jack graduated to the full-time drive in the #11 Perkins Engineering car, the number made famous in Australian racing by his father.
The Perkins Engineering team run by his father Larry, ran a two-car Fujitsu Development Series racing program in 2006, leading to Jack getting the drive in the second #78 car, with Shane Price getting the lead drive in #77. The cars were largely unsponsored, though had a clear association with the main series Jack Daniel's-sponsored Perkins Engineering cars. Perkins and Price were also immediately earmarked to drive the #11 Perkins Engineering car in the 2006 endurance races.
Price was generally faster than Perkins during the Fujitsu series, but Perkins managed to finish third in the championship standings, just behind Price, who was narrowly defeated by Adam Macrow for the title.
Come the SuperCheap Auto Bathurst 1000, Price took over the qualifying duties, and placed the car in 27th position for the race. Perkins started the race, which ended at the end of the first lap, when race favourite Mark Skaife suffered a slipping clutch off the start line, which caused his #2 Holden Racing Team Commodore to fall to the tail of the field. Perkins, arriving blind over the hump in Mountain Straight ploughed into the back of Skaife's ailing car, putting it out on the spot. Perkins limped around to the pits missing a front left wheel, and with an hydraulic brake line on fire. It did not continue in the race.
After the late and sudden departure of both Steven Richards and Paul Dumbrell from the team at the end of 2006, Perkins and Price were elevated to the full-time championship drives for Perkins Engineering in 2007. While it was not ideal for the inexperienced Perkins and Price to suddenly find themselves racing in the main series, while developing new cars, the timing of Richards and Dumbrell's departure left the team without an opportunity to sign an experienced "name" driver, all of whom had committed contracts for 2007.
Perkins had a mixed season in 2007, with some outstanding results such as qualifying in the Top 10 at Winton Raceway, coupled with many disappointing race exits whilst running in strong positions. Although he was generally keeping pace with the more highly rated Shane Price, Jack's performances behind the wheel were suffering towards the end of long stints behind the wheel. It was later found that Perkins was suffering from Type One Diabetes, as described further down in this article.
Perkins returned to the team in 2008 for the endurance races, partnered with Nathan Pretty – finishing 8th at Phillip Island, and 8th at Bathurst – and eventually to the full-time drive from the Indy Grand Prix round of the season onwards, after the slide of form and eventual dumping of Shane Price from the team. Price, who had already been dropped to the position of number two driver, following the arrival of Todd Kelly at the beginning of 2008, was left without a drive. Perkins had already returned to competition in the 2008 Fujitsu Development Series, running a Mack-sponsored Commodore for Independent Race Cars Australia.
Independent Race Cars Australia
After bringing his medical condition under control, Jack competed in the Fujitsu V8 Development Series in a Perkins Engineering built car, but run by Independent Race Cars Australia in 2008, with a view to a return to a full-time drive in the main championship series in 2009.
Although starting the series strongly in Adelaide, a mid-season slump saw his title chances slide. Seeking an improvement for the end of the season, the car was brought back into the Perkins Engineering workshops from the Bathurst round onwards. With better knowledge of the car, the engineers were able to help Jack to some better results, culminating in a race and round win at the final round at Oran Park. The end result was a fifth placing in the championship.
Jack returned to the main V8 Supercar championship in 2009 behind the wheel of the #11 Kelly Racing Commodore carrying sponsorship from Dodo Internet. The deal was part of a merger and eventual takeover of Perkins Engineering by the new Kelly Racing. Jack's #11 car for 2009 was the car previously run by Todd Kelly at Perkins Engineering in 2008, chassis number PE047.
The 2009 season was disappointing for Perkins. The new Kelly Racing team was the only four car team in the series and results were thin. By season's end team leaders Rick and Todd Kelly were beginning to gain results but results for Perkins and the team's fourth car did not come and Perkins was not retained into 2010.
Paul Morris Motorsport
Perkins was without a drive for the 2010 season leaving him to pursue a role with Paul Morris Motorsport as a signwriter. This eventually led to a part-time return to the second-tier Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series in a spare PMM Commodore chassis with limited support from the main team. Perkins's performances in the second tier series where strong enough to earn him a call up to James Rosenberg Racing for the 2010 Philip Island 500 and Bathurst 1000, pairing with Tim Slade.
Jack's continued strong 2010 form led to Paul Morris Motorsports team owner, Paul Morris, deciding to personally step down from his own driving duties at the Gold Coast round of the championship where he was scheduled to drive with Russell Ingall to allow Jack to take over the drive. This stirred the sports traditionalists as it re-ignited the famous "Perkins – Ingall" partnership which Jack's father Larry shared with Russell Ingall, which led to 2 Bathurst 1000 crowns. The two drivers worked well together and performed strongly at the event which led to Paul Morris deciding to sign Jack to compete in the 2011 Philip Island 500 and Bathurst 1000, again pairing with Russell Ingall.
James Rosenberg Racing
Perkins' strong performances in the Fujitsu series in 2010 led to a drive with James Rosenberg Racing for the 2010 endurance races. Perkins and Tim Slade finished the Phillip Island 500 in a strong fifth position equalling the team's best sprint race performance from earlier in the season.
Sonic Motor Racing
Jack signed a deal with Sonic Motor Racing to compete in the 2011 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series with support from Bob Jane T-Marts, Supercheap Auto, Acu-check and Castrol, using a BF Falcon built by Triple 8.
Jack signed with Garry Rogers Motorsport, to partner Alexandre Premat for the 2012 V8 Supercar endurance events at the Dick Smith Sandown 500 and SuperCheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
Perkins returns to GRM for the 2013 V8 Supercars Pirtek Endurance Cup alongside full-time rookie, Scott McLaughlin.
Following the opening round of the 2013 V8 Supercar Dunlop Development Series at the Clipsal 500, it was announced that Perkins would drive an Eggleston Motorsport Commodore at the second round at Barbagallo Raceway and has continued through to the Winton 360 event.
Type 1 Diabetes
Shortly before the penultimate round of the 2007 V8 Supercar Championship Series, Jack was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes, which forced him to step down from the full-time drive of the #11 Perkins Engineering Commodore. His place was taken by Marcus Marshall for the final two rounds, as Marshall had had a stint with the team in the 2007 endurance races and was familiar with the team and cars.
Jack gained control over his condition in 2008 and after passing tests for his fitness to regain his racing licence from the governing body of motor sports in Australia, CAMS, he returned to the track in the V8 Supercar Development Series.
Perkins has become a spokesperson for Diabetes Australia, and has held several events to raise money for DA, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He maintains personal sponsorship from Accu-Chek, manufacturers of blood sugar test equipment.
- Jack Perkins Kelly Racing Profile
- Jack Perkins Holden Motor Sport Profile
- Jack Perkins V8 Supercars Official Profile
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