Garth Tander says former teammate James Golding "thoroughly deserves" a Supercars call-up.
Golding has been linked to the seat vacated by Garry Jacobson at PremiAir Racing.
Jacobson and PremiAir Racing parted ways last week following the Merlin Darwin Triple Crown.
Zane Goddard and Kurt Kostecki’s commitment to Tickford Racing narrowed the candidates for the seat.
Once such driver in the mix is Golding, who last raced full-time in Supercars for Garry Rogers Motorsport in 2019.
Golding's S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship season recently ended in Darwin.
Golding finished second overall in S5000 Pic: S5000
PremiAir Racing will make an announcement prior to next week’s NTI Townsville 500.
Tander, who was Golding’s GRM teammate in 2018, believes the 26-year-old would be a "fantastic acquisition".
"James thoroughly deserves an opportunity," Tander told Supercars.com.
"He’s been overlooked by teams in the last 18 months.
"One thing that impressed me about ‘Biebs’ when we were teammates was his speed.
"In our first six months as teammates, I had it over him. In the second half of the year, he was matching me.
"Having been out of the main game for a while, he will have more focus on what’s required, versus just going fast."
Golding finished second in this year’s S5000 season, and has been a Team 18 co-driver since 2020.
The Victorian impressed Tander in their time as teammates; they also raced together in the 2017 enduros.
Having witnessed first-hand what Golding brought to GRM, Tander is adamant his former stablemate could help push PremiAir Racing forward.
"He’s more of a matured product than he was when we were first teammates in 2018," Tander said.
"He’s very hands on, very practical, very switched on when it comes to a race car.
"From a feedback and analysis point of view for a team in its infancy, he can certainly offer a lot."
Cars will hit the track for dual practice sessions next Friday. Purchase your NTI Townsville 500 tickets now.