Garth Tander’s search for a new Supercars home has been short, with Triple Eight signing up the champion a day after he was cut by Garry Rogers Motorsport.
Tander will partner fellow title-winner Shane van Gisbergen as a co-driver through the Enduro Cup for the next two years.
The move gives the Red Bull Holden Racing Team a formidable line-up for Sandown, Bathurst and the Gold Coast in 2019, given car No.88 will see Jamie Whincup joined by fellow legend Craig Lowndes.
Tander, a three-time Bathurst 1000 champion, said he was itching for another shot on the mountain.
« Triple Eight have clearly been the class team in Supercars for the best part of the last decade, their results speak for themselves, » Tander said.
« When the opportunity arose to join the team alongside Shane for the enduros it was clearly the best way for me to transition from a full-time driver to a co-driver. »
Van Gisbergen is yet to salute in the sport’s great race and said the addition of the 41-year-old – who replaces Earl Bamber – gave him a great chance to do so.
« As far as experience goes, there’s probably not many better drivers, » the Kiwi said.
« Craig is back driving with Jamie, which is fitting, and if you can’t have Craig then Garth is definitely the best person to have on your team. »
Triple Eight chief Roland Dane said he moved quickly to grab Tander when he heard that Richie Stanaway would be replacing him at GRM.
« It’s happened very quickly, but we’re extremely happy to be welcoming him to the team, » he said.
« On paper it will be a very good partnership. Shane and Garth are a similar height, Garth is obviously very experienced in not just a supercar but a Holden and they both know how to handle pressure when it matters the most. »