The inclusion of Richie Stanaway and James Golding in the Garry Rogers Motorsport driver line-up for 2019’s Virgin Australia Supercar season has effectively drawn a line under the remarkable racing career of the 41-year-old Perth three-time Bathurst champion, GARTH TANDER.
“I’m grateful for the start that Garry gave me in Supercars and understand his decision to end my full time driving career. I’m now going to take a deep breath and consider my future that won’t be at GRM. I wish the team well for the future.“
And team owner Garry Rogers:
“It obviously comes as a surprise to most that Garth will not be driving at GRM in 2019. Garth has rewarded the GRM team some of the biggest moments in Motorsport including the 2000 Bathurst 1000 win alongside Jason Bargwanna, second in the Championship behind Mark Skaife in the same year and the success of the Monaro 427 in the Bathurst 24hr races of 2002 and more.
“On Garth’s return to in 2017 he was guaranteed 2 years of full-time driving and a management role following that.
“There were many aspects to my decision including that Garth was nearing the end of his career and has expressed that 2019 could be his final full time season as a driver.
“I was very conscious of the fact that I would be both the one that started and ended Garth’s full-time Supercar career and this weighed heavily on me. In a perfect world I would absolutely have loved to give Garth the send off that such a Champion deserves, but I never lost sight that Motorsport although centred around the driver is about the Team and not any one individual.”
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