Toll HSV driver Garth Tander has closed then gap to V8 Supercar series leader and teammate Rick Kelly after winning today’s two races at a wet Winton raceway.
And in the Sardinian round of the World Rally Championship, Sebastien Loeb is firmly in control: did you expect otherwise?
Tander wins two to close championship gap
May 20, 2007, 9pm. Garth Tander won both of today’s races in Round 4 of the 2007 Australian V8 Supercar Championship at Winton, Victoria, and now trails in the drivers' championship by only one point.
He finished second for the round behind Vodafone Ford Falcon driver Jamie Whincup who won Saturday’s race.
Tander’s Toll HSV Holden Commodore teammate, reigning champion Rick Kelly, completed the podium.
Tander missed taking the round win by one point, just as he did at Pukekohe last month.
Tander’s 63-point haul brought him to within one point of championship leader Kelly.
Despite passing showers that made conditions dicey and tyre strategy difficult in all three races, Tander and Kelly didn’t put a wheel wrong all weekend and the team made all the right calls on tyres.
Tander fought back from a Race 1 incident when he was shunted off-track on lap two.
Despite that and a hold-up in the pits, he battled through to fourth place in Race 1, before powering his way to wins in races two and three.
Although Whincup managed to sneak back into the lead after the compulsory pitstop in Race 2, Tander recovered the lead with a bold stunning pass on the outside at the Esses on a partly-wet track.
Kelly just couldn’t manage to reel in Whincup in the final race, despite closing the gap over the last few laps.
“Despite the rain and all the variables that causes, the guys nailed it,” Tander said tonight. “Certainly after the safety car in Race 3, (my) car was probably the best car I’ve ever driven around here.
“We pitted a few laps later than Jamie so our tyres were probably a little bit better at that stage of the race, (and) I took advantage of that to open up a lead and maintain that back to Jamie. So, Race 3 went totally to plan – a bit better than the first two.”
Business as usual for Loeb.
May 20, 2007, 9pm. It’s business as usual for World Champion Sebastien Loeb after tyhe4 second day of the Rally of Sardinia.
The Frenchman holds a 36-second lead over Marcus Gronholm, with Gronholm’s Ford Focus RS teammate Mikko Hirvonen in third place.
Fourth, in the second works Citroen C4 WRC, is Loeb’s teammate Dani Sordo.
The Solbergs are next, older brother Henning (Ford Focus) leading Petter’s works Subaru Impreza WRC 2007.