Crimsafe Endurance Countdown, Episode 1, GRM

The GRM duo of Michael Caruso and Alexandre Premat

The GRM duo of Michael Caruso and Alexandre Premat

The Endurance Countdown is back – the third edition of’s video presentations published in the lead-up to the V8 Supercars endurance races at Sandown and Bathurst.

And this year, the Endurance Countdown will give you a chance to win a very rare piece of V8 Supercars hardware.

The 2012 Crimsafe Endurance Countdowns will run for 12 consecutive days, looking at each V8 Supercars organisation and their chances of victory in the two-driver V8 races – in particular, the famous Bathurst 1000.

There are also two special episodes, dissecting the return of endurance racing to Sandown, and this October’s 50th year celebrations at Mount Panorama.

The first team on the hit-list is Garry Rogers Motorsport. The team’s two entries will see fifth-year V8 driver Michael Caruso joined by experienced Bathurst campaigner Greg Ritter in the #34 Fujitsu entry. The #33 GRM Commodore will be driven by French recruit Alexandre Premet and Endurance Countdown expert Jack Perkins.

With Caruso currently 14th in the V8 Supercars Championship, winning Bathurst is not an expectation that many will hold for this team at the endurance races. Can the Victorian Holden team turn it around?

This year’s Crimsafe Endurance Countdown is hosted by Tim Hodges (Fox Sports producer and radio presenter), GRM endurance driver Jack Perkins and two-times Bathurst 1000 winner John Bowe, as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews by’s journalists Grant Rowley and Stefan Batholomaeus.

Australian motorsport legend Dick Johnson also chips in, presenting Speedcafe’s Crimsafe Ratings, giving each V8 organisation a score out of 10, rating their chances of winning Bathurst.

You will be able to use these ratings to go into the draw to win a new-specification 18 inch control wheel, signed by TeamVodafone’s Craig Lowndes.

All you will have to do is collect the 10 ratings presented by Johnson, send them to and you could win the wheel! Stay tuned for more details.

See below for Episode 1 of the Crimsafe Endurance Countdown.

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