Garry Rogers Motorsport has confirmed that James Golding and Richard Muscat will serve as its Pirtek Enduro Cup co-drivers to Garth Tander and James Moffat respectively, as it took the covers off the new Holden VF Commodores it will run in the 2017 Australian Supercars Championship season.

“James ‘Bieber’ Golding will join Garth for the Endurance Cup and we also plan to take advantage of the wildcard opportunities and run Bieber in a couple of the Supercars sprint rounds throughout the season,” confirmed team owner Garry Rogers.

“[He] is in his final year of his mechanics apprenticeship with us and finished fourth in the Dunlop Series last season. I certainly see similarities between Bieber and Garth in his younger years. I am sure that if he keeps his eyes and ears open Bieber will learn a lot from Garth throughout the season.

“Joining James [Moffat] for the Endurance Cup will be Richard Muscat. Richard competed in the 2016 Dunlop Series following a season in Carrera Cup and also previous racing in the Australian GT Championship,” he continued.

“I was particularly impressed with Richard’s performance in his first season driving a Supercar and his ability to adapt to these cars and his ‘no fuss’ approach sees him fit in really well with our team.

“Richard is extremely committed and after concreting with the family business rushes into the workshop to see how he can help the team. I am really pleased that Richard has developed to such a level that I believe he will be an extremely valuable endurance driver.”

The team reverted to a Holden package after negotiations broke down with Volvo Cars to continue using its successful S60 package despite the withdrawal of the Swedish carmaker’s factory backing at the end of the season.

The outfit has worked around the clock to build two brand new Commodores for its drivers, with Tander joining the squad in the off-season from the Holden Racing Team as the replacement to Scott McLaughlin, who moved on to DJR Team Penske. Tander made his top-level touring car debut with GRM in 1998, and went on to win the Bathurst 1000 and finish championship runner-up in the 2000 season.

The team took the covers off its new cars, unveiling a largely unchanged livery that features ongoing backing from naming rights sponsor Wilson Security.

Image via Garry Rogers Motorsport

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