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18 September 2019 | News

Garth Tander to make TCR Australia return at Sandown

Champion touring car ace Garth Tander will make a return to the carsales TCR Australia Series at Sandown this weekend.

The three-times Bathurst 1000 winner will drive the #3 Audi RS 3 LMS, previously driven by his racing wife Leanne Tander. The car will feature primary support from Valvoline.

Tander has already competed in two rounds of the inaugural TCR Australia Series at Phillip Island and The Bend Motorsport Park. His best result was a win – Audi’s first in Australia – at The Bend.

Confirmation of Tander’s driver puts the total grid at 17 cars.

Tander won’t be lacking for race laps at Sandown this weekend either. The 42-year-old will complete double duties, driving alongside Geoff Emery in the Audi Sport Team Valvoline R8 GT3 in the Australian GT Endurance Championship.

The Sandown weekend kicks off on Friday with two practice sessions, followed by qualifying and Race 1 on Saturday and Races 2 and 3 on Sunday.

All races are broadcast live, free and in HD on SBS, as well as the livestream.

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Garth Tander
Driver, #3 Audi Sport Team Valvoline

“It is great to be back in TCR. We’d always looked at Sandown as one of the circuits that would suit the Audi, so I’m glad this opportunity has come up,” said Garth Tander.

“I think it will be an interesting challenging. We haven’t been to a track where you have to use the kerbs, because as we know, that’s the fastest way to get around Sandown.

“And it’s good to get some miles under my belt leading into the Bathurst 1000 next month. We know the pack battle in TCR is tight, the competition is tight and the competition is competitive so it’s great top get amongst that again and keep myself race fit.”

FINAL ENTRY LIST BELOW

Car #

SPONSOR

DRIVER

STATE

VEHICLE

MODEL

CC

COLOUR

2

Melbourne Performance Centre Aaron Cameron

VIC

Volkswagen Golf GTI 1984 Red/White

3

Audi Sport Team Valvoline Garth Tander

VIC

Audi RS 3 1984 Silver

7

Garry Rogers Motorsport Jordan Cox

NSW

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce 1750 White/Red/Green

8

Taskforce/Melbourne Performance Centre Jason Bright

VIC

Volkswagen Golf GTI 1984 White/Blue

9

Ashley Seward Motorsport Dylan O’Keeffe

VIC

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce 1750 White/Red/Green

11

HMO Customer Racing Nathan Morcom

NSW

Hyundai I30N 1999 White/Blue

24

Wall Racing John Martin

NSW

Honda Civic Type R 1998 White/Red 

30

HMO Customer Racing Will Brown

QLD

Hyundai I30N 1999 White/Blue

33

Garry Rogers Motorsport Chris Pither

NZ

Renault Megane RS 1800 Yellow/Black

34

Garry Rogers Motorsport James Moffat

VIC

Renault Megane RS 1800 Yellow/Black

35

Melbourne Performance Centre Alexandra Whitley

QLD

Volkswagen Golf GTI 1984 White/Blue

38

Wall Racing Néstor Girolami

ARG

Honda Civic Type R 1998 White/Red 

50

Wall Racing Tony D’Alberto

VIC

Honda Civic Type R 1998 White/Red 

62

Kelly Racing Bryce Fullwood

NT

Holden Astra 1998 White/Green/Red

97

Melbourne Performance Centre Liam McAdam

QLD

Audi RS 3 1984 Blue

100

Melbourne Performance Centre Russell Ingall

QLD

Audi RS 3 1984 Black/Red

777

Kelly Racing Andre Heimgartner

NZ

Holden Astra 1998 White