MARK GRIFFITH has brought in two racing driver mates to join him in an exciting LIQUI MOLY Bathurst 12 Hour campaign this year.
It just happens that those two drivers are current Erebus Motorsport Supercars drivers – full-timer Will Brown and his Bathurst 1000 co driver, Jack Perkins.
The trio will steer Griffith’s Daimler Trucks Australia supported Mercedes AMG GT3 this year in what has emerged as another strong contender in the outright Pro-Am class ranks.
All three drivers have long histories racing together with Griffith supporting both Brown and Perkins throughout their racing careers.
In turn, both drivers have at one stage or another raced together in endurance races with Griffith, with the trio forging a unique partnership over many years of racing together.
2022 will mark Griffith’s eighth 12-Hour start, across a variety of machinery.
Focussed on the Mercedes-AMG product lately, Griffith teamed with Dirk Muller and Harrison Newey to finish second in the GT4 class in 2020, the last year the 12-Hour was held.
He finished 13th the year prior with Yelmer Buurman and Christina Nielson aboard his Mercedes AMG GT3. Prior to that he tackled the race twice in Ginetta GT4 machinery, and once in a MARC Cars Australia entry.
Brown started the 12-Hour with MARC Cars Australia in 2017 and 2018, winning the Invitational Class with Keith Kassulke and Rod Salmon in his second start while driving a MARC II V8 entry.
2022 will represent Jack Perkins’ first 12-Hour start in GT3 machinery.
The 2022 LIQUI MOLY Bathurst 12 Hour will be broadcast live on Fox Sports, Kayo Sport and the Seven Network next weekend.
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“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.
“He’s raced in my production cars and even drove my daughter’s Toyota Yaris in endurance races.
“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.”
“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.
“Griffo and I have raced everything, from the slowest car possible and now we’re doing it in the fastest.
“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.”
“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.
“When Griffo rang and asked if I was interested, It was an easy decision.
“Mark and his wife, Sandy, have supported Motorsport for such a long time, and my career as well.
“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 get stuck in there with he and Will next week.
“I’ve always watched the race and to be in a Mercedes AMG around Bathurst will be cool.
“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.”