Tander to replace Davison in Carrera Cup opener  

Leanne Tander pic: Matthew Paul Photography

Leanne Tander has received a surprise late call-up to make a debut appearance in Porsche Carrera Cup Australia at the Adelaide 500 this weekend.

Tander has been selected to to pilot the #888 Ash Seward Motorsport run entry in place of Alex Davison, who has been sidelined due to other motor racing commitments, which Speedcafe.com understands will see him miss three rounds this season.

In what is believed to be a one-off drive, Tander says the opportunity fulfils an ambition to compete in the popular one-make category.

The 37-year-old, who won the 2016 Formula Ford Series, has tasted the all-new 2018 specification Carrera Cup car at Sandown prior to this weekend’s race.

“Carrera Cup is a series in which I’ve never driven, but I’ve always wanted to. So when I got the call-up to race in Adelaide, I was absolutely all for it,” said Tander, who will race in the Pro class.

“The test went really well. It had been a while since I’ve driven anything that fast; the car has amazing speed and power but is also really enjoyable to drive. I’m really looking forward to Adelaide.”

Last week Tander announced plans to contest the SsangYong Racing Series three-hour endurance race at Pukekohe next month.

The opening round of the season will see a bumper 26-car field take to the Adelaide streets which will be the first round for the latest generation Carrera Cup car in Australia.

Porsche Carrera Cup 2018 Adelaide 500 Entry List

Number Driver Class Sponsor
1 David Wall Pro PAYCE / Wilson Security
4 Stephen Grove TAG Heuer Pro-Am Grove Motorsport
5 Greg Taylor TAG Heuer Pro-Am Arris/Strongbuild
6 Tim Miles TAG Heuer Pro-Am Miles Advisory Partners
7 Jaxon Evans Pro Morris Finance
8 Nick McBride Pro Porsche Centre Melbourne
9 Marc Cini TAG Heuer Pro-Am Hallmarc
12 Adam Garwood Pro Garwood Motorsport
13 Sam Shahin TAG Heuer Pro-Am The Bend/htfu
14 Peter Major Pro Sonic/Totally 4×4
15 Josh Hunt Pro Volante Rosso Motorsport
18 James Moffat Pro Payce/Wilson Security/JBL
19 Anthony Gilbertson TAG Heuer Pro-Am Hallmark Homes
20 Adrian Flack TAG Heuer Pro-Am Agas National
22 Dean Cook TAG Heuer Pro-Am BMF/Pitman Racing
23 Roger Lago TAG Heuer Pro-Am JBS Australia
35 Indiran Padayachee TAG Heuer Pro-Am Hyundai Forklifts Australia
77 Michael Almond Pro Sonic/Bob Jane T Marts
80 Max Twigg TAG Heuer Pro-Am WM Waste Management
88 Dylan O’Keeffe Pro Allstar Equipment Sales
100 Dale Wood Pro Sonic/Polyflor
111 Cameron Hill Pro Southern Star Truck Centre/Anytime Fitness
131 Graham Williams TAG Heuer Pro-Am Sonic
777 Jordan Love Pro Sonic/Bob Jane T Marts
808 John Steffensen TAG Heuer Pro-Am Crown
888 Leanne Tander Pro Porsche Doncaster Motorsport/Porsche Brighton Motorsport

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