Shane van Gisbergen and co-driver Garth Tander have claimed a second Bathurst 1000 victory as a duo after surviving a frantic sprint finish.

Garth Tander : Bathurst 2022 | Car 97 | is still married

Garth Tander 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.

Garth Tander : Bathurst 2022 | Car 97 | is still married

           Nationality             Australian
Born 31 March 1977 (age 45)
Perth, Western Australia
Related to Leanne Tander (wife)

He was the 2007 series champion for the HSV Dealer Team and is a five-time winner in Australia’s most prestigious motor race, the Bathurst 1000.

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.

Garth Tander Bathurst 2022

Shane van Gisbergen has seen off intense pressure from Chaz Mostert to take victory in his Triple Eight Race Engineering ZB Commodore in Holden’s final Repco Bathurst 1000.

Van Gisbergen rarely enjoyed a lead of much more than one second for the final 15 laps around Mount Panorama after the eighth Safety Car period of the day, and had a couple of nervous moments at Forrest’s Elbow.

Garth Tander : Bathurst 2022 | Car 97 | is still married

However, he safely guided the #97 Red Bull Ampol Racing entry to the chequered flag and a win of 1.0991s, his second in three years, which he once again shared with Garth Tander.

Along the way, the #97 entry overcame a five-second penalty for an unsafe release before moving into the lead on Lap 57 when the sixth Safety Car period of the day fell kindly for them.

On a day of madness, van Gisbergen/Tander’s race time was 6:41:53.7221s, with Mostert sharing second place in Walkinshaw Andretti United’s #25 Mobil 1 Optus ZB Commodore with Fabian Coulthard.

The final podium place when to Tickford Racing, specifically the #6 Monster Energy Mustang of Cameron Waters/James Moffat.

Car 97

Biante Model Cars are very pleased to present the 1:12 Holden ZB Commodore V8 Supercar of Triple Eight Race Engineering’s Red Bull Holden Racing. The exclusive replica model as raced by Shane van Gisbergen and Garth Tander to victory in the 2020 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Due to the pandemic, the Great Race was the final round of the 2020 V8 Championship season for the first time in 20 years and was to be the last race as a factory-backed Holden team after over 50 years of Holden factory support in Australian Sport Racing.

Garth Tander : Bathurst 2022 | Car 97 | is still married

To thank the millions of loyal red-blooded Holden fans – a special livery for the Triple Eight Race Engineering Commodores made a striking and respectful acknowledgement of so many memories from Mount Panorama.

Starting second on the grid van Gisbergen played himself into the race after some rain and thanks to a brilliant afternoon stint from co-driver Tander, the 97 car was in great position half-way through the 161-lap race.

Thanks to two separate incidents, the safety car came out twice in the last 10 laps and with a pair of late-race restarts this made for a riveting ending to the Great Race – as van Gisbergen was able to fend off a pack of rampaging Mustangs and Commodores to take his maidan Bathurst victory and the last for a Holden-backed team! As always, the best endings are unscripted and van Gisbergen capped off this special event by “borrowing” a passionate fan’s red Holden flag to send the Holden Lion off in perfect Bathurst style!

Is still married 

He is happily married to Leanne Tander. 

Leanne Tander is an Australian race car driver who has competed in Formula Ford, Formula 3, and the Supercars Championship.

A month ago, Garth and his wife Leanne (who is also a race car driver) along with their two children, Scarlett and Sebastian, welcomed a new addition to their family in the form of greyhound Ted.

Garth Tander : Bathurst 2022 | Car 97 | is still married

She began his racing career in karts in 1993 and advanced to Formula Ford in 1998 and she moved up to V8 Supercar in 2001 with Garry Rogers Motorsport and in 2002 with Fleetcare Racing after mixed success there.

She raced her father Mark’s Mazda RX-7 in Improved Production racing for the next three seasons, winning the Victorian and New South Wales championships in 2005 and driving in the Australian Production Car Championship for Team Toyota Australia in 2004.

Tander originally drove a Formula 3 vehicle in 2005, competing in three rounds, before moving to the Australian Formula Three Championship full-time in 2006, where she became the first female to win a race. 

Tander raced for Ford in the 2009 V8 Supercar Series with Paul Cruikshank Racing. She also returned to the Fujitsu Series with a Ford BF Falcon built by TanderSport. 

By Rishabh

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