Tander: HRT still has a lot to improve

Monday 10th October, 2011 - 2:00am


Garth Tander and Nick Percat took a famous Bathurst victory

Garth Tander and Nick Percat took a famous Bathurst victory

Garth Tander has cautioned that scoring a thrilling victory in yesterday’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 does not mean that the Toll Holden Racing Team’s rebuilding process is complete.

The factory Holden team was given a major restructure partway through the 2011 season, which included the installation of Mike Henry into the role of racing operations manager.

CLICK HERE for Mike Henry’s reaction to yesterday’s race win

CLICK HERE for’s Bathurst race report and results

CLICK HERE for more on the race with Tander, Lowndes and Percat

Having won just three of the 15 races contested this season prior to Bathurst, Tander and team-mate James Courtney headed to The Great Race fifth and 17th in the points standings respectively.

Garth Tander and Nick Percat with the Peter Brock driver

Garth Tander and Nick Percat with the Peter Brock Trophy

The #2 Commodore showed strong speed at Phillip Island last month on the way to a fourth place finish in the L&H 500, before Tander held-off a charging Craig Lowndes to win the team’s seventh Bathurst 1000 alongside rookie Nick Percat yesterday.

“It’s not complete,” said Tander when asked if the team’s rebuilding phase had been completed by the win.

“There is still a lot of stuff we need to improve within the team and we know what those areas are.

“What this win will do is give the team a lot of belief that we’re headed in the right direction.

“Phillip Island proved that we are heading in the right direction, and we continued that on this weekend. To win this weekend is amazing – it’s fantastic for the team.”

Tander also dedicated the victory to the team’s founder Tom Walkinshaw, who passed away last December after a battle with cancer.

“He was all about this place (Bathurst), and to win it straight up after his passing is very special,” said Tander.

“We’ll get a lot from this, but we’ve still got work to do.”

Tander now sits fourth in the points standings after yesterday’s victory, while Courtney is 16th after finishing seventh alongside Cameron McConville yesterday. comment policy

Comments require approval before being published. reserves the right to deny any post that is abusive or offtopic.

Users are encouraged to flag/report comments which should be removed.

Some comments may require approval before being published which can take up to 48 hours.

For support, please contact [email protected]

Comments are closed. has been established to provide a daily motorsport news service to the industry and fans in Australia and internationally.

Read the promise

Subscribe to our daily newsletter, the best way to get your news first, fast, and free!