James Courtney and Jack Perkins have taken the victory at the Castrol Gold Coast 600 thanks to an amazing mid-race fuel strategy. Courtney seemed to come back stronger than ever after a two-month lay-off and Perkins received his 129th V8 Supercars Championship start.

Rick Kelly and David Russel managed to take the second position for Nissan while Garth Tander and Warren Luff secured third place for Holden.

Perkins held 10th position through the early stages for quite some time until the minimum co-driver laps expired and Courtney continued. A debris Safety Car appeared on lap 54 which caused drivers to head to the pitlane to refuel and change to soft tyres ahead of their schedule.

Courtney rejoined the circuit in 16th place with other drivers now running behind their team-mates.

Tander led the second half of the race for the most part until he stopped for fuel with 10 laps to go and rejoined in third place.

Result: V8 Supercars Race 27, Surfers Paradise

1

Holden Racing Team

J.Courtney/J.Perkins

Holden Commodore VF

102

02:14:20.4257

2

Nissan Motorsport

R.Kelly/D.Russell

Nissan Altima

102

02:14:22.4187

3

Holden Racing Team

G.Tander/W.Luff

Holden Commodore VF

102

02:14:26.1032

4

Red Bull Racing Australia

C.Lowndes/S.Richards

Holden Commodore VF

102

02:14:31.6848

5

Team Darrell Lea STIX

S.Van Gisbergen/J.Webb

Holden Commodore VF

102

02:14:34.9491

6

Wilson Security Racing GRM

S.McLaughlin/A.Premat

Volvo S60

102

02:14:35.5685

7

Red Bull Racing Australia

J.Whincup/P.Dumbrell

Holden Commodore VF

102

02:14:36.0590

8

Nissan Motorsport

J.Moffat/T.Douglas

Nissan Altima

102

02:14:36.2947

9

The Bottle-O Racing Team

D.Reynolds/D.Canto

Ford Falcon FG/X

102

02:14:39.1019

10

Nissan Motorsport

M.Caruso/D.Fiore

Nissan Altima

102

02:14:41.8647

Championship Standings

1

Mark Winterbottom

2599

2

Craig Lowndes

2341

3

David Reynolds

2281

4

Garth Tander

2141

5

Fabian Coulthard

2096

6

Shane van Gisbergen

2061

7

Chaz Mostert

2017

8

Jamie Whincup

1792

9

Rick Kelly

1637

10

James Courtney

1634

The hat changing continues as we edge closer towards the start if the 2015 V8 Supercars season. So far, we’ve seen Lee Holdsworth go from a Mercedes to a Ford and then to a Holden, we’ve seen Mark Winterbottom’s former engineer jump ship and join forces with Craig Lowndes and we’ve also seen David Wall depart from Dick Johnson Racing to fight alongside his new teammate, Scott McLaughlin, at Garry Rogers Motorsport. Adding his name to the list is Jack Perkins who, until last year, drive the #18 Jeld Wen Ford Falcon for Ford Performance Racing. It’s just been announced, however, that Perkins will be moving over to the Holden side of the force and will be the co-driver for the #22 of James Courtney. With the position becoming vacant due to Greg Murphy’s decision to put down the steering wheel and pick up a broadcasting microphone, Perkins will pilot the Holden Racing Team’s Commodore for the Enduro Cup in 2015.

“Like so many Australian kids, I grew up dreaming of racing for HRT so it’s a fantastic feeling,” said Perkins.

As one of only three known professional race car drivers with Type 1 Diabetes, Perkins’ tenure at Ford ended after the 2014 season with dismal results to show. Although 2014 was his first full-time driving season in a V8 Supercar since 2009, the young Perkins remains a fan favorite. Although Perkins doesn’t have an illustrious career in V8 Supercars to show for, you can guarantee that he’s far from finished with his racing adventures. A nine-time Australian GT race winner, seven-time Dunlop V8 Series race winner and five-time New Zealand V8 SuperTourer race winner, Perkins will undoubtedly be looking to bring that magic with him to his new home at HRT.