This year, three-time Bathurst 1000 winner and 2007 V8 Supercars Champion Garth Tander heads back to where it all began – Garry Rogers Motorsport.
Tander has been the team’s most successful driver, winning Bathurst with Jason Bargwanna and finishing second in the championship in 2000, and after 12 years away with the Walkinshaw group is confident of competing for the championship in a new-look GRM.
2017 marks Tander’s 20th year racing a Holden – his experience and technical knowledge will surely assist the team’s transition back to racing Commodores with Walkinshaw Racing supplied engines.
The second half of last year saw a resurgence from Tander, who won the Sandown 500 with Warren Luff before his shock sacking from the Holden Racing Team. He spent nine years with the former factory squad, having claimed a Clipsal 500 Adelaide crown, back-to-back Phillip Island 500s, and multiple successes in Australia’s Great Race, the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 – including the iconic team’s 200th all-time race win alongside rookie Nick Percat in 2011.
He was a big chance at Bathurst last year before the controversial late race accident with Jamie Whincup and Scott McLaughlin, and claimed his first pole position in the new gen era at the last event at Sydney Olympic Park.
Tander is fourth on the all-time race winners’ list behind Craig Lowndes, Mark Skaife and Jamie Whincup; Sandown 2016 became his 54th race win in the category.