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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Melbourne 400 March 14-17
Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint April 5-7
WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint April 12-14
Perth SuperNight May 2-4
Winton SuperSprint May 24-26
BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown June 14-16
Watpac Townsville 400 July 5-7
Ipswich SuperSprint July 26-28
The Bend SuperSprint August 23-25
ITM Auckland SuperSprint September 13-15
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 October 10-13
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Sandown 500 November 8-10
Coates Hire Newcastle 500 November 22-24
   

 

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Pos

 Driver

 Points

 1

 Scott McLaughlin

3944

 2

 Shane van Gisbergen

3873

 3

 Jamie Whincup 

3433

 4

 Craig Lowndes

3153

 5

 David Reynolds

3225

 6

 Chaz Mostert

2807

 7

 Scott Pye

2608

 8

 Rick Kelly

2515

 9

 Fabian Coulthard

2477

 10

 Nick Percat

2290

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