Tander to replace Davison in Carrera Cup opener
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.”
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
|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|
|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|