Garry Rogers Motorsport heads back to Mount Panorama with Holden Commodores and Garth Tander, two ingredients to the team's only Bathurst 1000 win back in 2000. And team is confident following a number of close calls at Mount Panorama in recent years and a double top 10 at the Sandown 500.
Team owner Garry Rogers updates us on his team's progress and potential for the Bathurst 1000 in his exclusive column in V8X Supercar Magazine issue #100.
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"I think we have as much chance as any other team," writes Rogers.
"There is no such thing as an endurance race these days; they are just longer sprint races with the speed that they are run at. The reliability factor of every car in the field today is miles ahead of where it was a long time ago. Long gone are the days when you could just stay on the lead lap and race at the end.
"Today you need two drivers in the car who can drive as fast as each other without tearing the car to shreds in the process and I believe that we have got four guys who can do that.
"We go to every meeting with confidence because if we didn't then we wouldn't want to go. The teams are all very competitive teams, but I have complete faith that my workforce is equal too or better than most, so that gives me a lot of confidence."
Tander and co-driver James Golding shape as a combination to watch at Mount Panorama; mixing experience and youth with their first race together netting fourth place at Sandown.
"Garth Tander is a very good and experienced driver who has shown his mettle in Supercar for a long time," writes Rogers.
"His maturity will not just be a help to the other drivers but will also benefit the entire crew. He could have got a job with a number of other teams, but when he and I had a discussion it became very obvious that he was extremely keen to come to our team and was confident with the way that we do things. I saw that as a really big vote of confidence.
"He is great for our sponsor group and he is just a good person to have around the team. He is an exceptional ambassador and brings a wealth of experience. He brings a great work ethic to the team along with a good level of professionalism.
"James 'Beiber' Golding, for example, is only young but his driving is very good; he is a very cool and calm fellow and while he has the enthusiasm levels he doesn't get too engrossed in the personal battles or the battle of the moment. He just does a good job for the whole event."
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