Fujitsu Racing GRM Confirms Drivers for our 50th year
2013 is shaping up to be an exciting year at Fujitsu Racing GRM, we are well advanced with our new cars and it is Garry’s 50th year in racing, a huge achievement for Garry and the sport.
Our driver line up for 2013 has been finalised. As previously announced last years V8 Supercar Development category champion Scott McLaughlin will be stepping up into the main game and joining the team.
Scott moved to Melbourne in early January and will be working in workshop when not in the car.
“I have been welcomed by everyone into the team. Being based in the workshop is the best way to meet the team and to work on my own car and see it progress has been good”.
Alex Premat will be returning to the team. Alex is very pleased to be returning to the team, after completing his first ever season in the V8 Supercar category last year.
“I am very happy to be back in 2013 with GRM and looking forward to the new season. It is great to have a new team mate in Scott and we have developed a good relationship at the beginning of the year already.”
“I have set expectations to finish in the top 10 as everyone will be learning from zero, with new cars, tyres and race formats and we will be doing the same. I want to start the year as I finished in 2012 and looking forward to the season.”
We have also locked away our endurance drivers for Sandown and Bathurst.
Greg Ritter will be returning for his 8th straight season with the team.
“I am looking forward to my 8th straight year with GRM, as an endurance driver. I am hoping to improve on my strong results from last year, and also working with some new faces. Having done some of the testing with the car of the future, I look forward to helping the team throughout the year improve on what already feels like a good starting platform.”
Jack Perkins will also be returning for this 2nd season.
"I'm very delighted to be back for another year with GRM Fujitsu Racing. It was a great experience last year with Garry and the entire team, and I'm very grateful to be asked back for another opportunity this season."
"I'm really looking forward to playing my part at Sandown and Bathurst later this year."
In his 50th year of racing Garry is looking forward to a strong season.
“I am very proud to have accomplished what I have over the 50 years, it has taken a lot of hard work, but I have loved doing it.”
“In life there is always a mix of highs and not so high points, I am just so fortunate that the big Chief upstairs has truly looked after me in life with many of the highs and very few of the lows.”
“Over the years we have had great drivers in the team including Garth Tander, Jason Bargwanna, Cameron McConville, Lee Holdsworth and Steven Richards and I have also proved to be an idiot when I sacked Jamie Whincup, not one of my better decisions!”
“Alex was a gamble last year and we struggled, there was no doubt that he has the skills, but we didn’t get the best out of him. I was disappointed, based on his history we believed he could do better. From Abu Dhabi on he started to hit his straps. I was deciding what do with the driver line up, his qualifying and racing performance in Sydney was as good as many who have been driving the cars for a number of years. It was disappointing that he had the issue with the cool suit and wasn’t able to conclude what could have been a successful closure to 2012. I decided I had invested a lot in him and he has invested in us, moving his family over to Australia, we can get more out of him and more results like Sydney.”
“It is great to have Greg join the team again, he first joined the team back in 1999 when we supported him for the Formula Ford season and he went onto win the championship. His performance at Bathurst last year was excellent, finishing 5th”.
“I have been observing Jack’s performance over the past few years, in the development series and the endurance races, I liked his attitude towards his racing. I spoke to him last year and as he had been to Bathurst so many times I thought he was a good person to join the team and with Greg, this gave us a mixture of youth and maturity. Jack did a super job in qualifying the car at Bathurst last year and drove a well judged race with Alex. I was well aware he was after a full time ride, including with us, we were very keen to have him join us again for the endurance season and be involved with the testing and development of our car of the future.
“History shows we never nominate our pairings until later in the year, most likely scenario Jack with pair with Alex again and Greg will join Scott.”
”As in recent years the Gold Coast shows up another variable, whilst the weekend wasn’t the best for us we were very happy with Ricky and James. Those two drivers would be on our radar as would a number drivers who have driven for us in the past such us like Simon Pagenaud and Patrick Long.”
Alex, Scott, Greg and Jack will be on track at Winton on 12 February, to test both of the GRM COTF before heading to Sydney Motorsport Park on 16 February for the Official V8 Supercar test day.
About Garry Rogers Motorsport
It all started back in 1963 when Garry Rogers began a lifelong involvement in motorsport by racing Appendix J Holden's. Now five decades on, Garry Rogers Motorsport has become one of Australia's most professional and successful motorsport organisations
Celebrating our 50th anniversary in 2013 we will be striving to continue our success and are also proud to continue our long term relationships with Valvoline, Cummins, Holden and Freightliner and in more recent years our naming rights sponsor Fujitsu.