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Mar 29, 2015

PERFECT PERKINS AT SANDOWN

Clean sweep of V8 Touring Car round for Larry’s lad in 2015 season opener

EGGLESTON Motorsport’s Jack Perkins has completed a perfect weekend by clean sweeping the opening round of the Kumho Tyre Australian V8 Touring Car Series at Sandown in Melbourne.

The news was even better for his team given rookie teammate Liam McAdam finished runner-up for the weekend to give the team a 1-2 finish for the weekend.

Perkins claimed pole position and victory in Race 1 yesterday and kept the form rolling today, taking dominant victories in Races 2 and 3 held today.

The Holden Racing Team V8 Supercar endurance driver was in a class of his own in his first appearance in the V8 Touring Car category, leading every lap of the three races held over the weekend.

A red flag stopped today’s first race (Race 2 for the round) on the last lap after Queensland privateer Lyle Kearns crashed at Dandenong Road Corner.

The results were backdated one lap with Perkins declared victor from returning former series runner-up Jim Pollicina and Perkins’ Eggleston Motorsport teammate Liam McAdam.

A longer 18-lap race completed the weekend and again the Safety Car made an appearance after Sydney racer Steve Briffa was stranded in the sand at Dandenong Road Corner.

Perkins was unchallenged when racing resumed and led home McAdam, former series champ Chris Smerdon, Pollicina and Matt Palmer.

Pollicina’s first weekend back in the category was a success, claiming third overall for the weekend behind the two EMS cars and victory in the newly introduced Privateer class.

Palmer finished second in the Privateer class with category rookie Steven Devjak third for the weekend in his recently acquired, ex-Brad Jones Racing Falcon.

It was a dramatic day for 14-year-old teenage rookie Alex Rullo, who failed to finish on Saturday due to engine problems and then collided with Jason Heck and Jason Leoncini in Race 2 today.

A solid field of 16 cars competed in the opening round of the series this weekend, pointing to a strong year for the category that provides a home to ex-V8 Supercars no longer eligible for the Development Series.

Coverage of the Sandown round will be shown on SBS’ Speedweek program on Sunday April 19 with replays to follow on Fox Sports.

The Kumho Tyre Australian V8 Touring Car Series will now move to Winton Motor Raceway on June 13/14 for the second of five rounds for 2015.