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BROWN AND PERKINS JOIN BATHURST 12 HOUR FIELD


Published at 5/4/2022
BROWN AND PERKINS JOIN BATHURST 12 HOUR FIELD

Full-time Supercar steerer Will Brown and his Bathurst 1000 co-driver Jack Perkins will race a Mercedes AMG GT3 alongside Mark Griffith in the upcoming Bathurst 12 Hour.

The Daimler Trucks Australia trio will fight for outright Pro-Am honours, renewing partnerships that span several years.

Griffith has been a strong supporter of both Brown and Perkins throughout their careers, and the latter pair also have on track experience with Griffith who is suiting up for his eighth 12 Hour start.

Last time the event was held, back in 2020, Griffith managed a podium finish in the GT4 class. He has also run in GT3 machinery, finishing 13th in 2019 alongside Yelmer Buurman and Christina Nielson.

“This is going to be great fun with two guys I’ve known for a long time,” Griffith said.

“Jack raced the Ginetta’s with me back in the day, and Will has driven just about everything from the slowest car to the fastest.

“To get them both in the Mercedes will be great fun.

“I’ve been a bit of a helper of both those guys and supported them with bits and pieces over the years, but they’ve helped me too.

“This is a chance to repay what they’ve done with me and give them a crack at the 12-Hour in a good car.”

Brown brings plenty of valuable experience to the table as well, having started the 12-Hour with MARC Cars Australia in 2017 and 2018.

Indeed, he won the the Invitational Class with Keith Kassulke and Rod Salmon in 2018.

“It’s great to be joining Griffo and Jack for the Bathurst 12 Hour. I’ve always wanted to do that race in an outright car,” Brown said.

“I’ve done the 12-hour in the MARC Cars and had a great time in them. As you progress and get more experience you want to do it in the fastest cars and that’s the Mercedes-AMG GT3. I’m pumped.

“It’s great to do it with Jack too. The more laps we get together the better and it’s lots of fun driving together. Griffo supported Jack’s career as well as mine, so it just fits perfectly.”

For Perkins, the 2022 race with be his first attempt in a GT3 specification car.

“I’m really excited to get back to Bathurst and the 12-Hour. I did the race when it was a Production Car race but I’ve been keen to get there in a GT3 car,” Perkins said.

“When Griffo rang and asked if I was interested, It was an easy decision.

“We’ve raced together for a long time, in a Ginetta in 2013 and in the Highlands 101 in his AMG GT3 in 2016. He’s a great bloke and I can’t wait go and get stuck in there with he and Will next week.

“Driving with Will again is great. We had a great time racing together last October and the more seat time we share can only help for October this year with Erebus, so that’s another positive.

“If we concentrate on doing a good job and getting our head around the car early and focus on finishing the race, I think we can have a really enjoyable weekend and get a strong result.”

The Bathurst 12 Hour will take place from May 13-15.

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