Garry Rogers Motorsport has confirmed its line-up for the 2018 Australian Supercars Championship season. Garth Tander will remain with the squad, while James Golding has been promoted to a full-time drive at the expense of James Moffat.
Confirmation of Tander’s re-signing and Golding’s promotion has been expected for months; the duo are expected to upgrade to a pair of new Holden ZB Commodores next year.
Twenty-one-year-old Golding has worked as a mechanic for the team while dovetailing his role with stints in the Dunlop Super2 Series in 2015 and 2016. He debuted as James Moffat’s co-driver in the Pirtek Enduro Cup last year before driving alongside Tander this year. He was also given two wildcard outings in a third GRM Commodore at the Winton and Ipswich SuperSprint rounds.
Nicknamed ‘Bieber’ by the team, Golding has enjoyed a lengthy mentorship from team owner Garry Rogers, who expressed delight at being able to promote the youngster to a full-time seat.
“I know that Bieber has the skills and we will provide him with the people and the equipment to not only have the potential to lead that group but challenge the mainstays of Supercars,” Rogers said.
“I have been watching him since his early teens in go-karts and as things progressed I offered him an apprenticeship a little over four years ago as a mechanic. [He] has shown a great aptitude to the mechanical side of a race car and his day to day work ethic certainly illustrates to me that he is a very disciplined person.”
Golding’s appointment leaves just a handful of race seats to be confirmed for the 2018 Supercars season. It is unlikely that the outgoing James Moffat – who has never finished better than 16th in the Drivers’ Championship standings over seven seasons of Supercars racing – will be considered for any of them
TEKNO Autosports driver Will Davison is reportedly set to part ways with the team and join the 23Red Racing squad, which will be re-branded from LD Motorsport. It is expected that Super2 frontrunner Jack Le Brocq will claim Davison’s seat.
LD Motorsport’s second Racing Entitlements Contract will be sold to Prodrive Racing in order for it to give Richie Stanaway a seat as a replacement to the retiring Jason Bright. The REC Bright owns and raced under in 2017 is set to be leased to Super2 outfit Matt Stone Racing so it can make its jump into the main game with driver Todd Hazelwood.
Nissan Motorsport – which previously ran Moffat between 2013-15 – is yet to announce who will replace the retiring owner/driver Todd Kelly, although Kelly has confirmed that the team will target a younger driver.
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