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Garth Tander
Garth Tander 2016 Rennsport Sydney.jpg
Tander in 2016
Nationality Australian
Born31 March 1977 (1977-03-31) (age 42)
Perth, Western Australia
Related toLeanne Tander (wife)
Supercars Record
Car number97
Current teamTriple Eight Race Engineering
Series championships1 (2007)
Race wins55
Podium finishes153
Pole positions31
2019 Championship position27th (697 pts)

Garth Tander (born 31 March 1977) is a multiple-championship winning Australian motor racing driver competing in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship's Enduro Cup, co-driving the No. 97 Holden ZB Commodore for Triple Eight Race Engineering.[1] He was the 2007 series champion for the HSV Dealer Team and is a three-time winner in Australia's most prestigious motor race, the Bathurst 1000.

Tander also owns a motor racing team TanderSport, with his wife, fellow racing driver Leanne Tander.

Early career

As a child, Tander started racing go karts at Tiger Kart Club in WA, and by the time he was 17 years old, he had won 7 state titles and one Australian title.[2]

Tander was Australian Formula Ford champion in 1997.[3]

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.[2]

Professional career

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 427C 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. Tander was widely tipped to drive the Monaro for GRM in the Australian Nations Cup Championship in 2003 but concentrated instead on V8 Supercars with the drive going to Nathan Pretty. In the 2003 Bathurst 24 Hour Tander, again driving the very same Monaro from 2002 with the same co-drivers in the same team, came second to the team's 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 with Tander setting the race's fastest lap on lap 526, the second last of the race. The GRM Monaro's led the race throughout and finished 13 laps ahead of the third place Porsche 911 GT3 RC.

In 2004 Tander remained at Garry Rogers Motorsport but it was announced in the early part of the season that he would not be returning to the team in 2005. His season started poorly at Adelaide with a DNF in Race 1 and he was unable to even start Race 2. The rest of the year improved slightly for Garth with his stand out results being 4th overall for the Round at Barbagallo and Sandown. He ended the year 11th in the Championship. In November 2004 it was announced that Garth would move to the HSV Dealer Team on a 3-year deal starting in 2005.

HSV Dealer Team

In 2005 he moved to a newly renamed 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's clutch failed off the line and was hit from the rear by another car 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 Surfers 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, His first round win 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 Philip 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 Bathurst 1000 twice in 2009 with Will Davison and in 2011 with Nick Percat.

In 2013, with the introduction of the Car Of The Future, Holden Racing Team (along with all other teams competing with Holdens) changed over to the newer VF Commodore. This season gave Tander limited and inconsistent success. He managed to clock up 5 podium finishes, including a win at both Townsville and Phillip Island. He finished the 2013 Championship in 8th place. In 2015, Tander won the Enduro Cup driving with Warren Luff, despite not winning any of the endurance races.

In 2016, Tander has slammed Jamie Whincup’s “pretty desperate” move that triggered a disastrous chain-reaction, sending the Holden Racing Team driver crashing into the wall and ending his 2016 hopes. Whincup was hit with a 15-second penalty for the driving infringement, while Volvo driver Scott McLaughlin was to face post-race investigation for dangerous re-entry. Tander, who was fourth and in pursuit of his second enduro win after his stunning victory at Sandown, said immediately after the incident he blamed Whincup for starting the chain reaction.

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Garth rejoined GRM at the start of the 2017 season. He spent two years with GRM but was unexpectedly dumped by the team just before the start of the 2019 season.[4]. Without a full time drive he was signed by Triple Eight Race Engineering to be a co-driver for the endurance races.[5]

Career results

Season Series Position Car Team
1996 Australian Formula Ford Championship 17th Van Diemen RF95 Ford Fastlane Racing
1997 Australian Formula Ford Championship 1st Van Diemen RF95 Ford Fastlane Racing
1998 Australian Touring Car Championship 14th Holden VS Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport
1999 Shell Championship Series 5th Holden VS Commodore
Holden VT Commodore
Garry Rogers Motorsport
2000 Shell Championship Series 2nd Holden VT Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport
2001 Shell Championship Series 10th Holden VX Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport
2002 V8 Supercar Championship Series 10th Holden VX Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport
2003 V8 Supercar Championship Series 12th Holden VY Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport
2004 V8 Supercar Championship Series 11th Holden VY Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport
2005 V8 Supercar Championship Series 6th Holden VZ Commodore HSV Dealer Team
2006 V8 Supercar Championship Series 4th Holden VZ Commodore HSV Dealer Team
Holden Racing Team
2007 V8 Supercar Championship Series 1st Holden VE Commodore HSV Dealer Team
2008 V8 Supercar Championship Series 3rd Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team
2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series 3rd Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team
2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series 5th Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team
2011 International V8 Supercars Championship 5th Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team
2012 International V8 Supercars Championship 7th Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team
2013 International V8 Supercars Championship 8th Holden VF Commodore Holden Racing Team
2014 International V8 Supercars Championship 9th Holden VF Commodore Holden Racing Team
Australian GT Championship 8th Aston Martin Vantage GT3 VIP Petfoods
2015 International V8 Supercars Championship 6th Holden VF Commodore Holden Racing Team
Australian GT Championship 19th McLaren 650S GT3 Darrell Lea
2016 International V8 Supercars Championship 9th Holden VF Commodore Holden Racing Team
2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship 9th Holden VF Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport
2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship 13th Holden ZB Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport
2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship 27th Holden ZB Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering
TCR Australia 10th Audi RS 3 LMS TCR Melbourne Performance Centre
Australian Toyota 86 Racing Series 28th Toyota 86 Toyota Australia

Bathurst 1000 Results

Year Team Car Co-driver Position Laps
1998 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden Commodore VS Australia Cameron McLean DNF 49
1999 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden Commodore VT Australia Jason Bargwanna DNF 41
2000 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden Commodore VT Australia Jason Bargwanna 1st 161
2001 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden Commodore VX Australia Jason Bargwanna 6th 161
2002 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden Commodore VX Australia Jason Bargwanna DNF 51
2003 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden Commodore VY Australia Jamie Whincup 19th 146
2004 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden Commodore VY Australia Cameron McConville DNF 133
2005 HSV Dealer Team Holden Commodore VZ Australia Rick Kelly 16th 149
2006 Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VZ Australia Mark Skaife DNF 0
2007 HSV Dealer Team Holden Commodore VE Australia Rick Kelly DNF 134
2008 Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VE Australia Mark Skaife 12th 160
2009 Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VE Australia Will Davison 1st 161
2010 Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VE Australia Cameron McConville 3rd 161
2011 Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VE Australia Nick Percat 1st 161
2012 Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VE Australia Nick Percat 25th 139
2013 Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VF Australia Nick Percat 4th 161
2014 Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VF Australia Warren Luff DNS 0
2015 Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VF Australia Warren Luff 3rd 161
2016 Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VF Australia Warren Luff DNF 150
2017 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden Commodore VF Australia James Golding 18th 152
2018 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden Commodore ZB New Zealand Chris Pither 6th 161
2019 Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden Commodore ZB New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen 2nd 161

Complete Bathurst 24 Hour results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
2002 Australia Garry Rogers Motorsport New Zealand Steven Richards
Australia Nathan Pretty
Australia Cameron McConville
Holden Monaro 427C 1 532 1st 1st
2003 Australia Garry Rogers Motorsport Australia Nathan Pretty
New Zealand Steven Richards
Australia Cameron McConville
Holden Monaro 427C A 527 2nd 2nd

Complete Bathurst 12 Hour results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
2016 Australia Melbourne Performance Centre Australia Steve McLaughlan
Germany René Rast
Audi R8 LMS AP 293 8th 7th
2017 Australia Melbourne Performance Centre Germany Christopher Mies
Germany Christopher Haase
Audi R8 LMS Class A – GT3 Pro 282 13th 6th
2018 Australia Jamec Pem Racing South Africa Kelvin van der Linde
Belgium Frédéric Vervisch
Audi R8 LMS APP 241 27th 7th
2019 Australia Audi Sport Team Valvoline South Africa Kelvin van der Linde
Belgium Frédéric Vervisch

TCR Australia results

TCR Australia results
Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Position Points
2019 Melbourne Performance Centre Audi RS 3 LMS TCR SMP









10th 286


  1. ^ Austin, Jack. "Garth Tander announced as Shane van Gisbergen co-driver after GRM dumping". Fox Sports Australia. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Racing History". Garth Tander. Archived from the original on 20 August 2006. Retrieved 2 December 2006.
  3. ^ "Australian Formula Ford Championship: Records and Statistics". Australian Formula Ford Championship. Archived from the original on 18 December 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-02.
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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Steven Richards
Greg Murphy
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
(with Jason Bargwanna)
Succeeded by
Mark Skaife
Tony Longhurst
Preceded by
Rick Kelly
Winner of the V8 Supercar Championship Series
Succeeded by
Jamie Whincup
Preceded by
Craig Lowndes
Jamie Whincup
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
(with Will Davison)
Succeeded by
Craig Lowndes
Mark Skaife
Preceded by
Craig Lowndes
Mark Skaife
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
(with Nick Percat)
Succeeded by
Jamie Whincup
Paul Dumbrell
Preceded by
Craig Lowndes
Winner of the Clipsal 500
Succeeded by
Jason Bright
Preceded by
Jamie Whincup
Winner of the Clipsal 500
Succeeded by
Jamie Whincup
Preceded by
Jamie Whincup
Paul Dumbrell
Winner of the Pirtek Endurance Cup
(with Warren Luff)
Succeeded by
Shane van Gisbergen
Alexandre Prémat
Preceded by
Mark Winterbottom
Steve Owen
Winner of the Sandown 500
(with Warren Luff)
Succeeded by
Cameron Waters
Richie Stanaway
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