There are very few smarter minds in Australian motorsport than Triple Eight Race Engineering’s ROLAND DANE. So it should surprise no one the team pounced on GARTH TANDER for the 2019 Pirtek Enduro Cup.
The three-time Bathurst 1000 winner will partner Shane van Gisbergen in the #97 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Commodore for the Bathurst 1000, Gold Coast 600 and Sandown 500.
“Triple Eight have clearly been the class team in Supercars for the best part of the last decade, their results speak for themselves,” Garth said. “When the opportunity arose to join the team alongside Shane for the enduros it was clearly the best way for me to transition from a full-time driver to a co-driver in this next phase of my career. I’m really looking forward to joining the team, hopefully bringing some experience and speed along with me, but mostly looking forward to learning from my new teammates, Shane, Jamie (Whincup) and Craig (Lowndes).”
“Shane has come so close at the mountain a couple of times in the last few years, I’ve been close a few times in the last few years, so while the mountain doesn’t owe anyone anything, if you keep putting yourself up the front at that race, eventually the cards can fall your way. Between us we have a ton of experience and plenty of determination to conquer not only Mount Panorama, but also the GC600 and Sandown.
“While Shane and I haven’t shared the same car yet, we’ve been teammates in Australian GT before, and already have a strong friendship and mutual respect. Ironically, it was Shane breathing down my neck when I won my last Supercars race at the Sandown 500 in 2016. I have always enjoyed racing against Shane, and the only downside I can see in this deal is that I don’t get to race against him on track anymore!”
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