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Perkins fell ill ahead of last weekend’s Phillip Island Classic…


LARRY Perkins is aiming to be up on the Australian Grand Prix podium this Sunday despite being hospitalised last weekend.

The six-time Bathurst 1000 winner fell ill last Friday ahead of a scheduled appearance at the Phillip Island Classic historic meeting, where he was due to award a trophy named in his honour to the Historic Formula Ford class.

Perkins was diagnosed with an infected and blocked gallbladder and underwent surgery to remove it on Monday, returning to his Melbourne home on Wednesday.

This weekend’s Beaurepaires Melbourne 400 sees the Supercars field competing to win the Larry Perkins Perpetual Trophy – and the man himself is hoping to be there on Sunday to hand it to the victor.

Here’s the message from Larry himself, posted to the Perkins Engineering Facebook page on Wednesday:

Hi everyone, what a disaster!

I need to apologise to the fans and especially to Ian Tate for not making the autograph sessions and various appearances I was scheduled to attend at the Phillip Island Classic on the weekend.

Whilst in Phillip Island on the Friday night, I had excruciating pain in the stomach and then found myself in an Ambulance heading for Wonthaggi Hospital and then early Saturday morning transferring to the Epworth Hospital in Melbourne.

The Doctor quickly found I had an infected and blocked Gallbladder and it needed removing immediately, but the earliest that could happen was on Monday!

Those who have experienced this would know how bad the pain was and unfortunately I just couldn’t make it over the weekend.

I’ve just got home today, again thanks to everyone at the Epworth, hopefully a few days rest and I can make it out to the Grand Prix on Saturday or Sunday.

Apologies extend to the Australian Grand Prix Corporation as I’ve had to cancel some functions this week, but hopefully I can present the trophy to the winner of the LP Trophy Sunday.



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