Garry Rogers Motorsport has signed up Jack Perkins for the 2012 V8 Supercars endurance races at Sandown and Bathurst.
Perkins joins Greg Ritter as the team's second endurance driver for 2012 and will team up with either Alexandre PrÃ©mat or Michael Caruso in the #33 and #34 Fujitsu Racing Commodores.
Runner-up last year in the Dunlop Series, the 25-year-old has competed in every V8 Supercars endurance season since 2006, finishing eighth alongside Russell Ingall in the Supercheap Auto Racing Commodore last year.
“He wasn't on my radar initially,” team boss Garry Rogers told BigPond Sport.
“He enquired before we signed up Alex and I took a bit of interest in him late last year. I thought the job he did in Michael Ritter's (Sonic) car last year was pretty good.
“He's been to Bathurst enough times. He has been to the bigger races enough times that it all doesn't mesmerize him. That's important to me. You don't want someone to be awestruck by it all.”
Perkins is delighted to have been given the opportunity to work with the Fujitsu Racing GRM team.
“It's really good, it's been something I've been working on for a while,” he said.
“I'll get plenty of changes to run some laps at testing and in the co-driver sessions in practice at some of the events and I've maintained my fitness pretty well too.
“I turn 26 in August and this will be my 26th year being at Bathurst.”
Perkins will get his first drive of the GRM Commodore during the team's next test at Winton Raceway after the Phillip Island event in May and at the four endurance test sessions at Hidden Valley, Townsville, Queensland Raceway and Winton.