Leanne Tander joins husband Garth on TCR grid

Tom Howard

Friday 7th June, 2019 - 6:00am


Leanne Tander will join husband Garth in a pair of TCR Australia Audis at Phillip Island

Leanne Tander will race alongside husband Garth Tander having secured a TCR Australia drive at Phillip Island this weekend.

Tander will take over the one of the brand new Melbourne Performance Centre Audi RS3s that arrived in Australia this week with the other filled by her 2007 Supercars champion partner Garth.

It is, however, not the first time the pair have shared the track together having raced in the Toyota 86 Racing Series at Phillip Island in April.

Leanne has been keen to land a TCR Australia drive after experiencing the two litre, front wheel drive touring cars during the series’ official launch at Sydney Motorsport Park last November.

The 2016 Australian Formula Ford Series winner and former Supercars driver will join a trio of females on the grid including rally star Molly Taylor (Kelly Racing, Subaru), Chelsea Angelo (Kelly Racing, Opel/Holden) and Alexandra Whitley (Alliance Autosport, Volkswagen).   

“I’ve been hopeful of some sort of drive in the TCR Australia Series. It has been bubbling along for a while now, so I’m really glad that we’ve finally been able to pull it together for this weekend,” said Leanne Tander.

Leanne Tander

“I’m really excited about driving it at Phillip Island. I’ve done plenty of laps around there in a wide range of categories, but this is a different type of car to what I’m used to.

“I drove one of the Audi TCRs in Sydney last year, but I didn’t get a lot of laps to really feel what it was about, so I’m looking forward to having a go and seeing what it can do.

“It is fantastic to be sharing the track with three other female racers too. I’ve never raced at this high-level level in the sport with some many girls in the same race. It’s really a huge step forward and a big tick for TCR.

“To have four out of 18 drivers being female – that’s a pretty good ratio, given you generally only ever have one in the field.

“I respect Molly, Chelsea and Alexandra as a drivers. I thought they all did a great job in the first round in Sydney, and as the year progresses, I reckon we’ll see them get towards the front of the field.”

A grid of 18 cars will line up for Round 2 of the series this weekend with Hyundai driver Will Brown currently leading the standings. 

The action will be broadcast live on SBS and via the Shannons Nationals live stream featuring Australian GT, Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge and Formula 4, which will be carried by 

Both Leanne and Garth will log their first competitive TCR Australia laps when opening practice begins at midday today.

Entry list: Round 2, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit

Num Team Make Driver
2 Melbourne Performance Centre Volkswagen Aaron Cameron
3 Melbourne Performance Centre Audi Leanne Tander
4 Melbourne Performance Centre Audi Garth Tander
22 Melbourne Performance Centre Audi Hamish Ribarits
6 Kelly Racing Subaru Molly Taylor
37 Kelly Racing Holden Chelsea Angelo
62 Kelly Racing Holden Alex Rullo
777 Kelly Racing Subaru Andre Heimgartner
7 Garry Rogers Motorsport Alfa Romeo Jimmy Vernon
33 Garry Rogers Motorsport Renault Chris Pither
34 Garry Rogers Motorsport Renault James Moffat
8 Alliance Autosport Volkswagen Jason Bright
35 Alliance Autosport Volkswagen Alexandra Whitley
9 Ashley Seward Motorsport Alfa Romeo Dylan O’Keeffe
11 HMO Customer Racing Hyundai Nathan Morcom
30 HMO Customer Racing Hyundai Will Brown
24 Wall Racing Honda John Martin
50 Wall Racing Honda Tony D’Alberto comment policy

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