Erebus Motorsport has announced it will field a Super2 entry this season, with Jack Perkins at the helm.
The Melbourne-based squad also confirmed that Perkins will return alongside Will Brown in this year’s enduro’s for the third year running.
Perkins will run the #70 on the Gen2 chassis which Richie Stanaway and Greg Murphy drove during last year’s Bathurst 1000.
He will compete under the Shaw and Partners Racing banner, as Erebus celebrate their third year in partnership with the investment and wealth management firm.
“To be driving with Erebus and be supported by Shaw and Partners Financial Services is the perfect fit and we’re delighted that we’ve been able to put this program together,” Perkins said.
“Earl Evans and the team at Shaw and Partners were keen to put together a full Super2 Championship after our stand-alone entry at Sandown last year and I’m really looking forward to representing them this year.
“I can’t wait to get into the year and see if we can not only win the Super2 Championship, but also get laps under my belt before we get to the enduro’s.”
The return of the Sandown 500 as the Bathurst 1000 precursor means double the duties for the co-drivers and Perkins believes racing miles in Super2 will benefit him come enduro season.
“Getting back into a full season of Super2 from a co-driving point of view is the ideal situation to make sure you’re in good condition for the endurance races,” Perkins said.
“For any co-driver, doing racing throughout the year certainly helps and I think by the time we arrive at Sandown and Bathurst, we’re going to be a lot more race fit than some of the other co-drivers.
“Winning Bathurst is an absolute dream of mine and we won’t be leaving any stone unturned in the process to get there and that starts with the Super2 program.
“I really enjoy working with Will, he’s a good kid and has really cemented himself as one of the top drivers in the category. We work well together and hopefully this is our year.”
Erebus CEO Barry Ryan also believes additional racing miles will be crucial to Perkins’ co-driving performance, but also looks forward to seeing Perkins taking on a mentoring role within the Erebus Academy.
“The main reasons we’re committing to this Super2 Championship is to win Bathurst as well as give our younger drivers an accessible mentor,” Ryan said.
“It’s going to be great for our Academy drivers Jay and Jobe in their respective categories to have someone in their camp with the experience that Jack has.
“Working with Jack over the past couple of years, we know he has enough experience but we also know that with more racing miles throughout the year, he will be an even stronger asset for the team come enduros.”
Perkins will commence his Super2 Championship at Newcastle in March before the Supercars endurance season kicks off at the Sandown 500, 15 – 17 September.