Jack Perkins confirmed for full-time V8 rebirth

Jack Perkins returns to the main game

Jack Perkins returns to the main game

Melbourne driver Jack Perkins will commandeer the Ford owned by Charlie Schwerkolt in his return as a full-time driver in the main V8 Supercars Series after a long absence.

As previously reported, Perkins has been secured to drive the #18 Ford run as a customer car under the Ford Performance Racing umbrella.

“The drive is a Christmas present come early and I am really looking forward to repaying the faith Charlie, JELD-WEN and all the team’s other commercial partners have put in me,” Perkins said.

“It is cool to be part of Ford’s four car factory squad. I have three very handy drivers to work with and I can’t wait to start working with everyone at FPR as Charlie has put together a really good program with the team.

“He has won a title as an owner so combined with FPR’s resources and obvious car speed it has all the right ingredients.”

Perkins was forced to step down from the #11 Perkins Engineering Commodore before the end of the 2007 when he was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes.

His second tilt at full-time driving in the championship came with the team’s successor, Kelly Racing, in 2009.

Perkins has been a semi-regular in the Development Series in the ensuing years including a second in the second-tier championship in a Sonic team Falcon in 2011 and a fourth in an Eggleston team Commodore this year.

“Jack has been knocking on the door to get back into the series for a long time and his results this year have been especially impressive in the context of all the high-quality drivers he was competing against,” Schwerkolt said.

“I’ve known him since he was just a kid and he is a great person and will fit right in with everyone at JELD-WEN and FPR.

“Jack is very hungry and he knows he needs to perform so I think what our team offers with the resources of FPR will be the right environment for him to flourish.”

Perkins will kick-start the next phase in his career behind the wheel of the #18 Ford at the official V8 Supercars test at Sydney Motorsport Park in February ahead of the opening round, the Clipsal 500 from February 27-March 2.

The confirmation means that the V8 future of Perkins’ predecessor, Alex Davison, remains unclear.

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