GRM confirms its Sandown and Bathurst pairings

The #33 and #34 Fujitsu Racing Commodores

The #33 and #34 Fujitsu Racing Commodores

Garry Rogers Motorsport has officially locked in its driver pairings for the Dick Smith Sandown 500 and the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

After announcing earlier this year that Greg Ritter and Jack Perkins would drive for the Victorian-based Holden squad, team owner Garry Rogers has confirmed that Ritter will team up with Michael Caruso and Perkins will drive with rookie Frenchman Alexandre Permat.

The Fujitsu-backed team’s decision on its pairings seals the full field for Sandown and Bathurst, save for the #777 Shannons Supercar Showdown entry. That entry’s co-driver for Grant Denyer will be announced the week leading into the Bathurst 1000.

Rogers, who traditionally has left his co-driver pairings fluid until eve of the endurance season, says that the team is pleased with the pairings after conducting most of its co-driver practice with Perkins in #33 and Ritter in #34.

“We would have no reason, other than an interruption to our program, than to run Jack with Alex and Greg with Michael,” Rogers confirmed to

“That’s what we have set out to do, and that’s how we have conducted all of our testing thus far.

“Based on the information we’ve gathered so far, we’ll have no reason to change our plans.”

While Perkins’ extensive experience in both the V8 Supercars Championship and Development Series sees the team well placed to offer Premat maximum seat time in the lead-up to the Sandown and Bathurst races, Rogers argues that the Frenchman should have no problems adapting to the famous mountain circuit.

“The only thing that Bathurst has got is the atmosphere it creates – that’s the difference,” Rogers said.

“At the end of the day, Bathurst is just another race track. If he can’t drive there, maybe I need to give him a whipping! He can drive, so he’ll be just fine.”

See below for Sandown and Bathurst’s endurance driver list

# Sponsor Name Driver Name Co-Driver Model
1 TeamVodafone Jamie Whincup Paul Dumbrell VE II
2 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Nick Percat VE II
3 Team Hiflex Tony D’Alberto Dale Wood FG
4 Irwin Racing Lee Holdsworth Craig Baird FG
5 Orrcon Steel FPR Ford Mark Winterbottom Steven Richards FG
6 Tradingpost FPR Ford Will Davison John McIntyre FG
7 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Tim Blanchard VE II
8 Team BOC Jason Bright Andrew Jones VE II
9 SP Tools Racing Shane van Gisbergen Luke Youlden FG
11 Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Karl Reindler Daniel Gaunt VE II
12 Jim Beam Racing Dean Fiore Matthew Halliday FG
14 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard David Besnard VE II
15 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly David Russell VE II
17 Jim Beam Racing Steven Johnson Allan Simonsen FG
18 Team Norton DJR James Moffat Alex Davison FG
19 Tekno Autosports Jonathon Webb Scott McLaughlin VE II
21 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Chris Pither VE II
22 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Cameron McConville VE II
30 Team iSelect Taz Douglas Scott Pye VE II
33 Fujitsu Racing GRM Alexandre Premat Jack Perkins VE II
34 Fujitsu Racing GRM Michael Caruso Greg Ritter VE II
47 Lucky 7 Racing Tim Slade Andrew Thompson FG
49 V.I.P. Petfoods Steve Owen Paul Morris FG
51 Pepsi Max Crew Greg Murphy Owen Kelly VE II
55 The Bottle-O FPR Ford David Reynolds Dean Canto FG
66 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Christian Klien VE II
91 Tekno Autosports Michael Patrizi Jonny Reid VE II
777 Shannons Racing Grant Denyer TBA VE II
888 TeamVodafone Craig Lowndes Warren Luff VE II

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