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Courtney declared fit to return at Winton

Tom Howard

Saturday 19th May, 2018 - 9:33am

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James Courtney has been declared fit to compete at the Winton SuperSprint today after contracting a virus that ruled him out of Friday practice.

The 2010 champion was forced to sit out Friday’s action in Victorian after coming down with a virus that also saw him visit Wangaratta Hospital for precautionary checks.

Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing evaluated Courtney this morning before confirming that 2010 champion will return to the wheel of the #25 Commodore in this morning’s practice session scheduled for 1030 AEST.

Pirtek Enduro Cup driver Jack Perkins stood in for the 37-year-old yesterday and was placed on standby in case Courtney was unable to race today.

He will remain at the circuit throughout the weekend if Courtney’s condition takes a turn for the worse.

“We sent him (James) home yesterday so he could recover and he also had a quick trip to hospital,” Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing general manager Mathew Nilsson told Speedcafe.com.

“He is feeling a lot better and looking a lot better, so we will put him in the car for practice. He is pretty confident that he is feeling good.

“Jack (Perkins) will hang around just as a precaution but the plan is to commit to JC for the weekend.”

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