The Holden Racing Team has announced that Garth Tander will remain with the team until the end of the 2016 season, extending his current ten-year tenure with the Salkinshaw Racing-owned team.

The announcement has been widely expected, with its timing coming on the eve of Tander’s home event at Barbagallo Raceway this weekend.

Tander has driven for HRT since 2008, having previously served three seasons with its sister outfit, the HSV Dealer Team. His current contract was due to expire at the end of this season.

In seventeen years of top-level tin-top racing, Tander is the most successful Holden driver in Australian touring car history, with 52 race wins which include three Bathurst 1000 victories.

The renewed deal will ensure Tander remains as teammate to James Courtney for the entire period. Courtney renewed a three-year deal last year.

“It’s great to sign a new deal with the Holden Racing Team,” said Tander.

“It’s an exciting time for the team, with the structural changes made before the start of the season starting to bear fruit. I really believe in what we’re doing, so it’s great to be part of that.

“It’s great to be able to announce the contract extension prior to the weekend because I’ve had so much support from everyone in Western Australia. Hopefully we can celebrate it with a great race weekend on-track as well.”

“We’re over the moon with Garth re-signing, and committing the next stage of his future, to the Holden Racing Team,” HRT managing director Adrian Burgess added.

“As a driver, he’s the total package. He’s got everything we need to help drive the engineers and the team forward.”

Image via Holden Racing Team

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