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Garth Tander
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Garth Tander at a press conference at Phillip Island.
V8 Supercar Record
Nationality Australia Australian
Car # 2
Current team Holden Racing Team
Series Championships 1 (2007)
Races 153
Wins 21
Podium finishes 52
Pole positions 9
2009 Championship position 3rd (2916 pts)

Garth Tander (born 31 March 1977 in Perth, Western Australia) is an Australian V8 Supercar driver. He raced with the Garry Rogers Motorsport V8 team until the end of 2004, then with HSV Dealer Team. In December 2007, following his championship triumph it was announced Tander was to join the Holden Racing Team for 2008 and would carry the number 1 plate with him.

Tander is married to fellow racer Leanne Tander, who races in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series series. The two run a racing team which competes in the Australian Formula 3 Championship called TanderSport. For 2010 the team plans to expand into Formula Ford.

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Early career

As a child, Tander started racing gokarts, and by the time he was 17 years old, he had won 7 state titles and one Australian title.[1]

Tander was Australian Formula Ford champion in 1997.[2]

After failing to find a budget to run in Formula Holden in 1998, Tander was offered the seat in one of Garry Rogers Motorsport's V8 Supercars.[1]

Garry Rogers Motorsport

Tander finished second in the 2000 championship taking the championship to the last round where he was beaten by now five time championship winner Mark Skaife. After winning the famous Bathurst 1000 race in 2000 with Jason Bargwanna, he found limited success.

Tander was the winner of the first Bathurst 24hr race driving a modified Holden Monaro running a 7.0L (427cui) motor rather than the 5.7L Gen III that the road car runs. He co-drove this race with Steven Richards, Cameron McConville and Nathan Pretty while driving for V8 Supercar team boss Garry Rogers Motorsport. The following year Tander, again driving the very same Monaro from 2002 with the same co-drivers in the same team, came second to the teams second Monaro driven by Peter Brock, Greg Murphy, Jason Bright and Todd Kelly. Driving at the end, Tander finished only 0.2 seconds behind Greg Murphy. They were 13 laps ahead of the third place Porsche 911 GT3 RC.

In 2004 Tander stayed with Garry Rogers Motorsport

HSV Dealer Team

In 2005 moved to a newly re-named team, the HSV Dealer Team (formerly K-Mart Racing Team) partnered with dual Bathurst winner Rick Kelly.

Tander was leading the V8 Supercar championship in 2006 after six rounds, but a disastrous round in Oran Park lost him the championship lead. The endurance races following were no better. Tander participated in a highly controversial driver swap with the Holden Racing Team which involved Todd Kelly coming to the HSV Dealer Team. Garth and co-driver Mark Skaife dominated the entire Sandown round until a broken steering problem destroyed the almost certain victory. At the next round at Bathurst, the car failed off the line and was smashed off the track before the second turn on lap one. After a crushing end to his Bathurst 1000 campaign, Tander was visibly upset, probably realising that his run at the V8 Supercar title was all but over. The car had been near on fastest in every practice and qualifying session prior to the race on the Sunday.

For the second year in a row Tander won the Symmons Plains round, winning two of the three races, even with engine troubles resulting in the car running on seven cylinders. During race one, someone rear-ended him from first to finish fourth with a few laps to go.

Tander raced the #16 Toll HSV Commodore in 2007, and won the second round (held at Barbagallo Raceway in his home state of Western Australia), winning all three 50-lap races. He also repeated this at Queensland Raceway. This saw him take the points lead from his team mate Rick Kelly. Late in the season, Tander had a disappointment at Bathurst where brake issues forced his retirement, but at Surfer's Paradise and Bahrain he scored solid points to take the lead in the championship back off Jamie Whincup. At the penultimate Symmons Plains round in Tasmania, Tander won the first race, before a slow pitstop in the second race dropped him to tenth. A clash with Steven Richards over second position broke his steering column, ending the third race prematurely.

Tander claimed the 2007 V8 Supercars Championship, just two points ahead of Jamie Whincup with Craig Lowndes in third, and defending champ Rick Kelly in fourth. All four were in contention for the title in the Grand Finale. His round win at Philip Island also saw Holden secure the manufacturers title, and Toll HSV Dealer Team took the teams championship.

Holden Racing Team

In 2008 Tander moved to Holden Racing Team after three years at the HSV Dealer Team. Tander had a bad start to the season with a DNF in both races at the Clipsal 500, He his first round of 2008 came in New Zealand at the Hamilton 400, his second round win came at Winton in July, Tander and his team mate Mark Skaife won the first enduro at the L & H 500 at Phillip Island and Tander was looking strong at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 but a slipping clutch spoilt a pole position start. 100 laps later his co-driver Mark Skaife crashed lightly into the wall coming up to Forrests Elbow, ending their chances of a win.

Tander came third in the 2008 V8 Supercars Championship season behind Mark Winterbottom and series champion Jamie Whincup.

Tander won the 2009 Bathurst 1000 teaming up with Will Davison on the 11th October, 2009.

Career results

Season Series Position Car Team
1996 Australian Formula Ford Championship 16th Van Diemen RF95 Ford
1997 Australian Formula Ford Championship 1st Van Diemen RF95 Ford
1998 Australian Touring Car Championship 14th Holden VS Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport
1999 V8Supercar Championship Series 5th Holden VS Commodore
Holden VT Commodore
Garry Rogers Motorsport
2000 V8Supercar Championship Series 2nd Holden VT Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport
2001 V8Supercar Championship Series 10th Holden VX Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport
2002 V8Supercar Championship Series 10th Holden VX Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport
2003 V8Supercar Championship Series 12th Holden VY Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport
2004 V8Supercar Championship Series 11th Holden VY Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport
2005 V8Supercar Championship Series 6th Holden VZ Commodore HSV Dealer Team
2006 V8Supercar Championship Series 4th Holden VZ Commodore Toll HSV Dealer Team
Holden Racing Team
2007 V8Supercar Championship Series 1st Holden VE Commodore Toll HSV Dealer Team
2008 V8Supercar Championship Series 3rd Holden VE Commodore Toll Holden Racing Team
2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series 3rd Holden VE Commodore Toll Holden Racing Team

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Steven Richards
Greg Murphy
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
2000
(with Jason Bargwanna)
Succeeded by
Mark Skaife
Tony Longhurst
Preceded by
Rick Kelly
Winner of the V8Supercar Championship Series
2007
Succeeded by
Jamie Whincup
Preceded by
Craig Lowndes
Jamie Whincup
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
2009
(with Will Davison)
Succeeded by
Incumbent
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