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For immediate release - 17 April 2015


As regular steerer Darren Hossack recovers from injuries sustained in a speedway incident, V8 Supercar driver Jack Perkins will take the wheel of the John Gourlay-owned Auto Union Deutsche Audi A4 for round two of the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series (Winton Motor Raceway, 15-17 May).

Perkins – who was recently signed as co-driver for the Holden Racing Team’s James Courtney for the 2015 PIRTEK Enduro Cup - brings a strong level of experience to the role, with 58 V8 Supercar starts under his belt including nine at the Bathurst 1000.

“I have always watched sports sedan racing as a kid and I have been keeping an eye on the more recent battles between Darren and Tony and I want to take this opportunity to wish Darren all the best for his recovery,” said Perkins.

“You never like replacing someone due to injury but I think it should be a great opportunity to drive John’s car. I was very impressed when I saw the car in the workshop, it looks like a fantastic piece of engineering. While I hope Darren can recover as quickly as possible, I am definitely looking forward to doing the best I can for John and the team.”

Two-time KSSS champion Hossack fractured one knee and broke the other when he rolled his wingless sprint car at Simpson Speedway on Saturday the 11th of April. Following surgery earlier this week the 45 year old now faces an intensive rehabilitation program over the coming months.

“Obviously I am disappointed that my injuries have impacted my ability to drive the car for John and also my ability to work, but these are the risks you take when you race any car,” said Hossack, who is the Race Team Manager for DPE Kart Technology.

“I said to John to make sure he put someone in the car – there is no reason for him not to be pursuing his racing just because I am not available, and it will be good to have someone of Jack’s calibre bringing his knowledge to the table also.

“I just want to say thank you to everyone in the motorsport community for all of their support since the accident – it has meant a lot to receive so many messages and reading them has certainly helped pass the time in the hospital that is for sure.

“We also want to say a big thank you to the staff of Simpson Speedway and also to the friends and fellow competitors who helped with the car on the night, we really appreciate the assistance and the support. Finally, I want to send a special thank you to my wife Mel, she has been absolutely amazing through all of this.”

Car-owner Gourlay said he was looking forward to welcoming Perkins to the team.

“Obviously the entire team and I are wishing Darren all the best in his recovery. He is one of our own and we were all devastated to hear of his accident and so glad that he wasn’t more seriously injured,” said Gourlay.

“While we are ready to support his recovery however we can, the show must go on and so we have acquired the services of well-known V8 Supercar identity Jack Perkins to drive the Auto Union Deutsche Audi A4 in the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series in the meantime and we look forward to welcoming him to the team.”

The Kerrick Sports Sedan Series is one of the most exciting on the annual Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals calendar, pitting a range of ‘wild and winged’ modified sports sedans and trans-ams against each other. Part of The Nationals since its inception in 2006, the Kerrick Sports Sedans represent the fastest tin-tops in Australia and in some cases, the fastest outright cars on a number of national circuits. In 2015, the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series will contest five national circuit racing events across four states:
  • Round One – 27-29 March, Sandown Raceway
  • Round Two – 15-17 May, Winton Motor Raceway
  • Round Three – 7-9 August, Queensland Raceway
  • Round Four – 16-18 October, Wakefield Park
  • Round Five – 13-15 November, Sydney Motorsport Park
For more information on the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series, please visit www.sportssedans.com.au
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V8 Supercar driver Jack Perkins will drive the #4 Auto Union Deutsche Audi A4 at round two of the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series  ​(credit-Holden Motorsport)
V8 Supercar driver Jack Perkins will drive the #4 Auto Union Deutsche Audi A4 at round two of the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series
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Perkins will be filling in for injured two-time KSSS champion Darren Hossack, shown here leading Tony Ricciardello at the opening round for 2015 at Sandown Raceway (credit-KSSS/Nathan Wong)
Perkins will be filling in for injured two-time KSSS champion Darren Hossack, shown here leading Tony Ricciardello at the opening round for 2015 at Sandown Raceway
(credit-KSSS/Nathan Wong)
Darren Hossack is recovering from knee injuries sustained in a 11 April speedway accident at Simpson Speedway
Darren Hossack is recovering from knee injuries sustained in a 11 April speedway accident at Simpson Speedway
Jack Perkins said that his upcoming KSSS ride is a 'fantastic piece of engineering' (credit-KSSS/Nathan Wong)
Jack Perkins said that his upcoming KSSS ride is a 'fantastic piece of engineering' (credit-KSSS/Nathan Wong)



Friday 17 April, 2015
From Wallabies Media Unit

Asteron Life Super Rugby: Round 10

Saturday 18, April 
Hurricanes (NZ) v NSW Waratahs 
 Westpac Stadium, Wellington 
Time: 2:30pm AEST 
Coverage: FOX SPORTS 2 & 2HD
Hurricanes Ladder Position: 1st (7-0) 
Waratahs Ladder Position: 10th (4-3)

Match Information: 
The NSW Waratahs will be looking to get back to winning form when they take on the top of the table Hurricanes this Saturday in Wellington. The Waratahs will be bolstered with the commitment of flyhalf Bernard Foley to Australian Rugby for a further three years. 

Aquis Brumbies v RaboDirect Rebels 
 GIO Stadium, Canberra 
Time: 7:40pm AEST 
Coverage: FOX SPORTS 2 & 2HD
Brumbies Ladder Position: 2nd (5-3) 
Rebels Ladder Position: 11th (3-4)

Match Information: 
In an all Australian derby match the ACT Brumbies will be looking to bounce back after last week’s shock defeat to the Auckland Blues with a strong performance in Canberra against the Melbourne Rebels. The Rebels will be ready to go against the Australian conference leaders after a week off with a bye. The Brumbies have won their last 11 home games. 

Western Force v Stormers (RSA)
 nib Stadium, Perth 
Time: 9:45pm AEST
Coverage: FOX SPORTS 2 & 2HD
Force Ladder Position: 14th (1-7) 
Stormers Ladder Position: 6th (5-3) 

Match Information: 
The in-form Stormers head to the ‘Force Field” in Perth to take on the Western Force in an important clash for the Western Australians. Force Flanker Chris Alcock will play his 50th Asteron Life Super Rugby match this weekend in front of the “Sea of Blue”. 

Sunday 19, April 
Cheetahs (RSA) v Queensland Reds 
Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein 
Time: 3:10am AEST
Coverage: FOX SPORTS 2 & 2HD 
Cheetahs Ladder Position: 12th (3-5) 
Reds Ladder Position: 15th (1-7) 

Match Information: 
The St.George Queensland Reds will be bolstered by the return of James Horwill and James O’Connor for this weekend’s match against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein. O’Connor will make his return through the wing as the Reds search for a win in South Africa. 

Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens 
The Qantas Australian Women’s side are in Langford, Canada ahead of the fourth round of the World Series this weekend.
Currently sitting joint-second at the halfway point of the season, the tournament kicks off on Sunday morning (AEST), with Australia drawn in Pool B alongside Brazil (4.22am AEST), China (7.22am AEST) and France (10.22am AEST).
The tournament will be streamed via http://www.worldrugby.org/womens-sevens-series on Sunday and from 8.30am on Monday via FOX SPORTS 4.

Club Rugby: 
The Intrust Super Shute Shield brings a full weekend of rugby action, with Round five of the competition stretching over two days.
The game of the round features the Warringah Rats facing off against the West Harbour Pirates, which will be shown on 7TWO at the special time of 2.00pm Sunday AEST.

The BLK Queensland Premier Rugby Game of the Round between GPS and Brothers at Yoku Road in Ashgrove will this week be LIVE streamed via Reds TV on the www.redsrugby.com.au homepage. This will be Rugby fans’ first chance to see Taniela Tupou in action for Brothers. Kick-off at 3:20pm.
The Griffith University BLK Queensland Premier Rugby Radio Show will bring Rugby fans live coverage of the clash between Norths and Sunnybank at Hugh Courtney Oval from 3:10pm. To tune into the Radio program on Saturday afternoon, follow this link: http://bit.ly/1jeOx5U  
To view the Queensland Premier Rugby Weekly digital program, follow this link: http://bit.ly/1HapeBw





Media Release



Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team riders Lachy Stanford and Glenn Kearney are ready to take on their toughest physical challenge of the racing year so far when the Australian Off-Road Championships continue this weekend at Hedley in Victoria.
While the opening rounds of the series in Queensland adopted the shorter sprint format on both days, the second stop on the calendar will open on Saturday with the gruelling three-hour cross-country format in the deep, dark energy-sapping sands for which Hedley is famous, before reverting to the shorter sprint format for Sunday’s fourth round.
After claiming his first ever AORC outright podium last time out aboard his Husqvarna FE 350, Lachy Stanford will continue with renewed confidence in the E2 class where he currently sits fourth.
Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team boss Glenn Kearney is hoping all of the off-bike fitness training he did while recovering from off-season surgery to fuse his right ankle will stand by him in Saturday's demanding conditions as he attempts to better his last-start third placing.
The Husqvarna FE501 rider and defending E3 champion has adopted a radical new Clake combined clutch/rear brake system, and after fine-tuning a new riding style to accommodate his new physical and mechanical configuration, the Picton ace is looking forward to measuring himself in the toughest of company.
Husqvarna support racer Scott Keegan walked away with tenth overall last time out after a pair of top-ten outright finishes, while fifteen year-old Brisbane racer and Enduro-X Nationals Junior winner Fraser Higlett kicked off his junior campaign with two wins in Queensland aboard a Husqvarna FE 250.
For more information on Husqvarna motorcycles visit www.husqvarna-motorcycles.com

Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team Manager Glenn Kearney (FE501): “I’m pretty excited about heading off down to Hedley for the first cross country of the year. I've been doing a lot of fitness in this off-season - mostly off the bike because of the injury - and I'm really fit, so I'm looking forward to a three-hour race, that’s for sure. Using the Clake system is still just a developmental process for me, with little changes here and there. I feel like I’ve got the hang of it a bit more, so I guess the proof will be in the pudding this weekend, whether I get the job done or not. Lachy’s been working hard; after the last one I spent a couple of weeks up there with him just training in the sand so we’ve both just continued with that, getting our sand skills dialled in because we've got the sand with his one and we are expecting South Oz to be sandy as well.”

Lachy Stanford (FE350): “Heading down for round three and it's the first cross-country/sprint. The cross-country is always fun, and we've changed up the training a lot for this style of race, doing longer motos and cardio sessions. It's good to mix up the training a little bit, so I’m really looking forward to getting out there and getting into the cross-countrys. We’ll run a bigger tank on the 350 and being as how it’s a sand track we've got a slightly different set-up on the bike, but not much. That first round result was important, it definitely gives you a confidence boost to know that your speed is up there, and you believe you can do it. It's a big bonus knowing that you can run with the front guys. It gives you a bit of an edge.”

2015 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship positions after Round 1:
1 Toby Price 50, 2 Beau Ralston 42, 3 Chris Hollis 38, 4 Josh Green 36, 5 Lachlan Stanford 35, 6 Tye Simmonds 30, 7 Daniel Sanders 29, 8 Glenn Kearney 26, 9 Stefan Granqvist 24, 10 Scott Keegan 22




: Husqvarna Racing Team riders (from top) Lachy Stanford and Glenn Kearney will go into the weekend's AORC round full of expectation after positive showings in Queensland, while Husqvarna support rider Scott Keegan holds sixth in class and tenth outright. Pics: John Pinnell