Second-generation racer and TV commentator Jack Perkins had his first taste of S5000 hardware during today's Phillip Island test.
Perkins was a surprise addition to the line-up for today's rookie test, the former Garry Rogers Motorsport Supercars driver reuniting with the squad for 10 laps in one of its V8-powered open-wheelers.
It was his first go in an S5000 and his first single-seater laps since he drove an F4 car in Malaysia several years back.
"It was an incredible experience,” said Perkins.
“Thanks to Garry and Barry Rogers who invited me down. I dragged out an old GRM race suit for the occasion, and it was great to be racing again post COVID-19.
“The car itself was fantastic to drive. The engine power and delivery was better than I expected, it had a lot more power than I thought it would but even the steering and the brake feel of the car [exceeded expectations].
"It’s a testament to everyone at GRM who have done a fantastic job putting all these cars together. I’m going to have to ask Garry and Barry if I can have another drive because I really enjoyed that one and I want to go faster next time.”