JACK PERKINS TO MAKE SUPER2 RETURN

The ex-Walkinshaw Holden Perkins will drive at Winton. Pic: Supplied

JACK Perkins will return to the Dunlop Super2 Series at Winton later this month, substituting for Brad Neill at Eggleston Motorsport.

Neill stepped up to Super2 with Eggleston this year aboard a recently purchased ex-Walkinshaw Racing Commodore following a stint in Super3.

He recently announced he’ll not participate in the remainder of the season as he battles Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Perkins has a long history with the Eggleston team, acting as a driver coach for Neill pre-season, and also brings extensive experience of Walkinshaw machinery.

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“My thoughts are definitely with Brad and his family as he works his way through his treatment,” said Perkins ahead of Round 2 of the Super2 season.

“Under the circumstances, there is obviously some mixed emotions about the opportunity to race Brad’s car, but I’m very thankful to be asked to drive and race it for him.

“I really enjoyed working with Brad at the pre-season Winton test day.

“I look forward to being able to help him get back up to speed when he can get back in the car after his treatment.”

Perkins’ last seven Super2 round starts came with Eggleston across 2019 and ’20, winning the penultimate round of the former season at Sandown.

He has a total of 44 Super2 round starts to his name having debuted back in 2006 for his father Larry’s Perkins Engineering squad.

“There are a lot of people to thank for helping us keep the car on the grid,” Perkins added of the Eggleston deal.

“This includes Brad of course, Eggleston Motorsport, Tim and Stu from Noble Logistics, Perry from Muscle Car Warehouse, Bunyip Print and James Rosenberg – a massive thank you to those people.

“Hopefully we can get a great result for Brad at Winton.”

Perkins will join Will Brown and Erebus Motorsport for this year’s Bathurst 1000, which will mark his 16th start in the Great Race.