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Tander to make Supercar history at Winton

Holden Racing Team's Garth Tander will create V8 Supercars history at Winton Motor Raceway this weekend.

April 3, 2014 4:19am

The Holden Racing Team’s Garth Tander will create V8 Supercars history at Winton this weekend when he surpasses the late Peter Brock’s 212 event starts.

The 36-year-old has now also made more event starts with the iconic Australian brand than any other driver in Australian Touring Car Championship/V8 Supercars history.

‘‘I guess for me it’s just being in the sport for so long now that you start to reach these milestones,’’ Tander said.

‘‘We race so much more often in our era than the guys like Brock in his era did.

‘‘We’re racing 14, 15 times a year whereas those guys in those eras were only racing seven or eight times a year, so we reach these milestones fast.’’

Tander made his debut at Phillip Island with Garry Rogers Motorsport in 1998 and is now in his 17th season on the circuit.

He said he was confident about racing at Winton Motor Raceway, where he has been tested extensively throughout his career.

‘‘I’ve been racing in V8 Supercars for 17 years and I’ve been testing for 16 years, so I know the place very, very well,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ve had some success there, so this is very much our home circuit.

‘‘Racing at Winton in early April the weather could be changeable, so you have to take that into account.’’

Winton is the test track for all the Victorian-based V8 Supercars teams, including the Holden Racing Team, Ford Performance Racing, Nissan Motorsport, Volvo Polestar Racing, Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport, Brad Jones Racing and Walkinshaw Racing.

The weekend marks races seven to nine in the series, following from Queensland-based Red Bull Racing Australia operation’s domination at Tasmania’s Symmons Plains circuit last weekend.

Five-time V8 Supercars Champion Jamie Whincup won races four and five on Saturday, before his teammate and current points leader Craig Lowndes claimed victory in race six on Sunday.

The team based closest to Winton is Albury’s Brad Jones Racing outfit, which heads into this weekend with a three-car attack.

New Zealander Fabian Coulthard, who drives the Lockwood-sponsored Holden VF Commodore, is third in points behind the Red Bull Racing duo after a consistent start to the season.

The V8 Supercars will be on track for three 20-minute practice sessions on Friday, followed by two 10-minute qualifying sessions and two 34-lap races on Saturday, and one 20-minute qualifying session and one 67-lap race on Sunday.

The V8 Supercars drivers’ appearance will be held on Thursday, April 3 at the Benalla Drill Hall Community Activity Centre from 5pm to 6pm.

The V8 Supercars Championship Series will be held at Winton Motor Raceway on Friday, April 4 to Sunday, April 6. For more information phone 57664235.

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