Perkins looking for decent result at Pukekohe after last minute LDM call up

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Jack Perkins image: Daniel Kalisz/Speedcafe.com

Jack Perkins is looking for a decent result at this weekend’s ITM Auckland SuperSprint in order to impress after receiving a late call up to Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport.

Perkins will take the reigns of LDM’s #62 entry, after the seat was left vacant by Alex Rullo following a dispute between the latter’s management and the team, which ended in a falling out for the 17-year old.

The Mobil 1 HSV Racing co-driver – Perkins – who partnered James Courtney in this year’s Pirtek Enduro Cup, wants to score a good result for LDM on his Supercars main game return, a team who has spent much of the season lingering outside the Top 20.

“I just want to keep the car nice and straight and try and get a good result for the team,” Perkins told Supercars.com.

“I don’t think there is any dreams or goals to win any races, but you just try and do a solid job and get along with all the boys and girls here.”

The young racer only received the call up from LDM on Tuesday, but despite the rush to get across to New Zealand, he is no less eager to get out on track and get some laps around the Pukekohe Park Raceway.

“I think it was Tuesday [I got the call] and I flew Wednesday, it all happened pretty quick,” Perkins added.

“It’s very unexpected.

“I was supposed to be at Derby Day at the horse races on Saturday, but obviously really keen to jump in the car and help Lucas and Phil Munday out when they called me earlier this week.

“I’m looking forward to getting out there this weekend, like I said, New Zealand is a great circuit!”

Perkins made his last solo Supercars main game appearance in 2015, when he filled in for an injured Nick Percat at LDM for the Sydney Olympic Park round.

The Dunlop Super2 Series driver is hoping rain might aid his chances this weekend at Pukekohe, with incremental weather forecasted for all three days.

“I have filled in for Percat once before at Homebush for Lucas Dumbrell,” Perkins mentioned.

“It’s a good little team, they do a pretty good job with what they’ve got, but they haven’t had any great results this year.

“I just want to keep the car nice and straight and just see.

“I haven’t driven another car other than a Walkinshaw [Mobil 1 HSV Racing] car for a couple of years, so it’s always good to get back in and any mile is a good mile.

“There’s a bit of rain around, you never know what can happen, I like driving in the wet, but we’ll just do the best we can.”

Perkins was slightly taken back by the selective resurfacing that took place at Pukekohe in the weeks before Supercars arrived, but doesn’t think that patch work done to the circuit will change the general nature of the lap.

“We finished our track walk, and it looks like they’ve repaved a little bit of the track,” Perkins said.

“But some of it seems a bit unnecessary where they have done it and haven’t done it, but it’s the same for everyone.

“It’s a very high speed circuit, very unforgiving and it’s a lot of fun.

“I think that will be no different and it will be great racing for everyone.”

The ITM Auckland SuperSprint begins on Friday with Practice 1 scheduled for 11:15am NZDT.