Thursday, 18 May 2017 13:52

Rogers column: Welcoming back Tander

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Garth Tander returns to Garry Rogers Motorsport in 2017 after 13 years away. Team boss Garry Rogers writes about Tander's impact in his second spell with the team in his exclusive column in V8X Supercar Magazine issue #98.

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"There is no question that there's a certain amount of romanticism about Tander returning to the team," writes Rogers.

"History is important. The fact that he started with us is great and it's great that the opportunity came up for him to come back, but it wasn't just about that. I wouldn't have wanted him to come back if he couldn't drive. He is still a brilliant driver. And it's really solid for the team and the sponsors to have him again.

"It's certainly good to have a guy with the racing experience he has and his killer instinct will rub off on the younger drivers in our team, like 'Bieber' (James Golding), Richard Muscat and our latest addition, Mason Barbera.

"We joke and talk about it now but in the early days Garth crashed a few cars, but he was always fast and then when he matured he becamea bloody good driver. To be old and wise, you first must be young and foolish. That is a very, very true saying. I'm certainly hoping that the others don't crash as much as Garth did, but I also hope that they end up as competitive as Garth.

"While the romanticism of it all was great, at this point in time, what the team really needed was a driver that could get the job done. With a driver of Garth's skill available, I would have been silly not to grab him."

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Event Date
Adelaide 500 1-4 March
2018 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix 22-25 March
Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint 6-8 April
WD-40 Phillip Island 500 20-22 April
Perth SuperSprint 4-6 May
Winton SuperSprint 18-20 May
CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown 15-17 June
Watpac Townsville 400 6-8 July
Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint 20-22 July
Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint 4 August
The Bend SuperSprint 24-26 August
Sandown 500 14-16 September
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 4-7 October
Vodafone Gold Coast 600 19-21 October
ITM Auckland SuperSprint 2-4 November
Coates Hire Newcastle 500 23-25 November

 

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Pos

 Driver

 Points

 1

 Scott McLaughlin

1775

 2

 Shane van Gisbergen

1614

 3

 David Reynolds

1448

 4

 Craig Lowndes

1362

 5

 Jamie Whincup

1342

 6

 Scott Pye

1279

 7

 Fabian Coulthard

1229

 8

 Rick Kelly

1216

 9

 Chaz Mostert

1109

 10

 James Courtney 

1104

 Full points table