Dodo Racing's Jack Perkins admits that he is excited about the challenge of a brand new street circuit ahead of the Dunlop Townsville 400 this weekend, believing that racing at a new venue will be an equaliser, as all teams enter this weekend's two races with no previous experience or set-up information.
A fan of street circuits, Perkins is hoping to post his best finish for the 2009 season around the 2.9-kilometre circuit aboard the #11 Dodo Holden Commodore, and is hoping that the four-strong Kelly Racing outfit will be able to post a strong challenge to the established V8 Supercar pacesetters.
“The Townsville race is a terrific equaliser for us as a new team," he commented in the build-up to the latest addition to the V8 schedule, "It brings everyone back to the same level. No one has any data or experience there.
"In terms of learning the track, we haven't done a heck of a lot because there is not a lot you can do until first practice. You could go up there a week before [the event], but you would only be seeing what we get to see the day before on our track walk.
"We'll have a very good look around on Thursday and take a lot of notes. We've got four identical cars as part of the Kelly Racing operation and we will think about it and come up with some good ideas as a team after day one of practice. It's all about learning the track and seeing where we end up after the first day of practice, then work together as a team to get the best outcome for the rest of the weekend and the two races.
“From what we've all seen, the track look awesome. They've done a really good job with it, and all the facilities and the track itself looks very good, similar to Albert Park in a way. So we're really looking forward to getting up there. I love street circuits and the Dodo Commodore goes well on street circuits as well, so I'm hoping it's going to be a good event for the whole team. I'm looking forward to the best event for our car this year.”
Perkins competed in a half-marathon around inner city Melbourne as part of his build-up to the event, posting a personal best time of one hour 31 minutes and 53 seconds.
“It's the second time I've done that distance and it was good," he noted, "I've been training pretty hard for it and it was rewarding to set a PB - and to end up in the top 250 out of 3000 runners was quite rewarding. I was a bit sore for a couple of days after the run, but I've got another run coming up in August and I'm hoping to go sub one hour 30 minutes for that one.”