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Mar 28, 2015

PERKINS WINS SANDOWN KUMHO SERIES OPENER

Leads home 1-2 finish for Eggleston Motorsport with rookie teammate

HOLDEN Racing Team V8 Supercar endurance driver Jack Perkins has claimed victory in his first appearance in the Kumho Tyre Australian V8 Touring Car Series today at Sandown.

The former full-time V8 Supercars Championship pilot claimed a comfortable race win in his Eggleston Motorsport Commodore.

Driving the car that claimed last year’s series with Justin Ruggier, Perkins started from pole position after comfortably qualifying fastest in a session that was held just after a rain shower had hit the Melbourne circuit.

Perkins was unchallenged in the 12-lap race, giving EMS victory in the opening race of the season and its eighth in the V8 Touring Car category. He led home a 1-2 finish with teammate Liam McAdam running second on his debut in the Kumho Series.

Local driver Matthew Palmer finished third with former series runner-up Jim Pollicina returning to the category with a storming start and a fourth placed finish.

Steve Briffa finished fifth from Michael Hector, debutante Steven Devjak (who qualified on the front row earlier in the day in his recently-acquired ex-Brad Jones Falcon), rookies Jason Heck and Jason Leoncini and series veteran John Vergotis.

Western Australian rookie teenagers Jake Kostecki, 15, and Alex Rullo, 14, were highly impressive and qualified third and fourth on their debuts.

However their first Kumho Series race didn’t go to plan with Rullo retiring after just two laps and Kostecki one lap down in 14th after dramas.

Birthday boy Brendan Strong made it onto the track to race today after rolling at the Esses during yesterday’s late afternoon practice session. He finished 11th in the 15-car field with Queenslander Lyle Kearns failing to take the start in his ex-Paul Morris Motorsports Commodore.

The opening round of the Kumho Series will be completed at Sandown tomorrow with two more races – a 12-lap Race 2 at 9.40am and an 18-lap Race 3 at 12.10pm.

Coverage of the day will be available via free live-stream atwww.thenationals.com.au on the Shannons Nationals website.