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Perkins reunites with Courtney at BRT

JAMES Courtney and Jack Perkins will join forces for a fifth Bathurst 1000 campaign together after the latter agreed to terms with the Blanchard Racing Team.

Courtney and Perkins spent four-and-a-bit enduro seasons together at the Holden Racing Team/Walkinshaw Racing in a partnership that netted an emotional victory at the 2015 Gold Coast 600 and a podium in the 2019 Great Race.

They then went their separate ways, Courtney heading to Tickford Racing via a one-round stint at Team Sydney, while Perkins has spent the past three years co-driving with Will Brown at Erebus Motorsport.

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Perkins announced earlier this week that his time with Erebus had come to an end.

A 19th Bathurst 1000 start is still to come for the 37-year-old, however, alongside BRT recruit Courtney in the #7 Snowy River Caravans Mustang.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Blanchard Racing Team and my mate James Courtney in the Snowy River Mustang for the 2024 Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000,” said Perkins.

“I’ve been friends with Tim Blanchard and the Blanchard family since we were both kids racing go-karts together.

“I really like what Tim and John (Blanchard) are putting together with BRT; their expansion to two cars and commitment to Supercars racing is excellent and I’m hoping to make a small contribution to help drive the family-owned team to the front of the grid and onto the podium at the endurance races.

“JC and I have been teammates before, for five years with great success, winning on the Gold Coast together and standing on the podium at Bathurst with third place back in 2019.

James Courtney and Jack Perkins on the 2015 Gold Coast 600 podium. Pic: an1images.com / Scott Wensley

“We remain close friends and would love nothing more than another podium together and to do it with BRT would be very special.”

BRT is still chasing its first Supercars Championship podium since launching as a standalone squad at the start of 2021.

Aaron Love delivered BRT a race win in Super2 this year and is stepping into the #3 CoolDrive main game entry next season in place of Todd Hazelwood, who is tipped to take Perkins’ co-drive at Erebus.

“We are excited to have Jack join us alongside James for the 2024 enduro campaign, as we continue to build Blanchard Racing Team, he has a wealth of knowledge that we believe will contribute to helping us push the team forward,” said Tim Blanchard.

Love’s 2024 co-driver is yet to be announced.

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