10 Jan 2019
Just a day after the announcement that Richie Stanaway will replace Garth Tander for Garry Rogers Motorsport in 2019, news has come today that Tander will now step into the driver seat alongside Shane Van Gisbergen for Red Bull Holden Racing.
Three-time Bathurst 1000 winner Garth Tander will be the new co-driver for 2018 Superloop Adelaide 500 winner Van Gisbergen in the Bathurst 1000, the Gold Coast 600 and Sandown 500, both drivers having won a championship and PIRTEK Enduro Cup before.
"Triple Eight have clearly been the class team in Supercars for the best part of the last decade, their results speak for themselves", Tander 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 and Craig.”
Van Gisbergen has come close to conquering Mount Panorama before, but Tander is confident they can take out wins in all 3 of the Enduros.
“Whilst 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!”, Tander said.
“Craig is back driving with Jamie, which is fitting, and if you can’t have Craig then Garth is definitely the best person to have on your team," said Van Gisbergen.
“All this year he’ll be coming to test days and races to integrate himself into the team as soon as possible and we’ll do everything we can to get him up to speed and learn the Triple Eight philosophy."
The Endurance season kicks off later in 2019, after the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship starts with the 2018 Superloop Adelaide 500 from 28 February - 3 March.