Holden Racing Team
Garth Tander embarks on his ninth season with the factory team in 2016 ? his 19th consecutive year with Holden.
The three-time Bathurst 1000 winner and 2007 V8 Supercars Champion looks to add to his tally of 23 championship and six non-championship wins for the Holden Racing Team.
Renowned for his relentless nature on the track, Tander?s time in HRT has seen him claim a Clipsal 500 Adelaide crown, back-to-back Phillip Island 500s, along with multiple successes in Australia?s Great Race, the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 ? including the iconic team?s 200th all-time race win alongside rookie Nick Percat in 2011.
Tander is also fourth on the all-time race winners? list behind Craig Lowndes, Mark Skaife and Jamie Whincup.
After winning both state and national karting titles, Tander moved to Formula Ford in 1995, where it took him only four starts to claim his first win. Two years later Tander was crowned champion, defeating future stars Marcos Ambrose and Todd Kelly.
Tander had planned to continue in open wheelers in 1998 and contest Formula Holden, but this fell through due to a sponsorship shortfall. However, V8SC team owner Garry Rogers saw his potential and cast him a lifeline.
At Garry Rogers Motorsport, Tander flourished to become a regular race winner and went on to win his maiden Bathurst 1000 alongside Jason Bargwanna in 2000, when the duo defeated Craig Lowndes/Mark Skaife.
Tander spent a further four seasons with GRM before moving to the HSV Dealer Team in 2005, where he continued to be a front-runner.
In 2007, Tander broke through to win the title by the narrowest margin in V8 Supercar history ? ending a season-long battle with Jamie Whincup with a mere two-point lead.
The defending champion joined the Holden factory squad in 2008, partnering five-time champion Skaife in his final full-time season and finished third in the points at season?s end.
He was again third in 2009, clean sweeping the Phillip Island and Bathurst enduros with Will Davison, and scored another Bathurst podium in 2010 before his 2011 win with Nick Percat.
Tander continued his winning ways through seasons 2013-14, with victory at Phillip Island, and back-to-back one-two results in Townsville.
A consistent season in 2015 saw him finish fourth in the title race after claiming 12 podiums, including a third place in Australia?s Great Race with Warren Luff.
Tander will move to the second on the all-time ATCC/V8SC round start list this year, and will start the season in Adelaide celebrating his 550th race start.
Bathurst 1000 Stats
Debut: 1998 (Commodore VS with Cameron McLean)
Wins: 3 (2000, 2009, 2011)
1998, Garry Rogers Motorsport, Holden VS Commodore: 14th
1999, Garry Rogers Motorsport, Holden VS/VT Commodore: 5th
2000, Garry Rogers Motorsport, Holden VT Commodore: 2nd
2001, Garry Rogers Motorsport, Holden VX Commodore: 10th
2002, Garry Rogers Motorsport, Holden VX Commodore: 10th
2003, Garry Rogers Motorsport, Holden VY Commodore: 12th
2004, Garry Rogers Motorsport, Holden VY Commodore: 11th
2005, HSV Dealer Team, Holden VZ Commodore: 6th
2006, Toll HSV Dealer Team/HRT Holden VZ Commodore: 4th
2007, Toll HSV Dealer Team, Holden VZ Commodore: 1st
2008, Toll Holden Racing Team, Holden VE Commodore: 3rd
2009, Toll Holden Racing Team, Holden VE Commodore: 3rd
2010, Toll Holden Racing Team, Holden VE Commodore Series II: 5th
2011, Toll Holden Racing Team, Holden VE Commodore Series II: 5th
2012, Holden Racing Team, Holden VE Commodore Series II: 7th
2013, Holden Racing Team, Holden VF Commodore: 8th
2014, Holden Racing Team, Holden VF Commodore: 9th
2015, Holden Racing Team, Holden VF Commodore: 5th
ATCC/V8 Supercar Championship Series Stats
Debut: 1998 Phillip Island (Rd 4)
Event Starts: 238
Race Starts: 549
Race Wins: 53
Other Career Highlights
Winner, Bathurst 1000 ? 2000, 09, 11
Winner, V8 Supercar Championship Series ? 2007
Winner, Bathurst 24 Hour ? 2002
Winner, Australian Formula Ford Championship -1997
Winner, Phillip Island 500 ? 2008, 09
Winner, Clipsal 500, Adelaide ? 2000, 10
Runner-up, Bathurst 24 Hour ?