HSV’s Garth Tander led a Holden Commodore clean sweep of the podium in Round 2 of the Australian V8 Supercar series in Perth today.
March 24, 2007, 9pm. Toll HSV Holden Commodore driver Garth Tander won his first V8 Supercar race at his home track in Perth, this afternoon.
Tander led home teammate Rick Kelly in an HSV one-two, with HRT’s Mark Skaife third to give the Red Lion brand a clean-sweep of the podium. Ford’s Craig Lowndes finished fourth.
The result propelled reigning champion Kelly to an early championship lead.
Tander set up the first part of his early birthday present by winning his first home-track V8 pole position earlier in the day.
In Race 1 (there are two more heats tomorrow) Tander hit the lead off the startline and was never headed. He set the race’s fastest lap time four laps from the finish.
Tander said his #16 Commodore had been fast, nice to drive and easy on the tyres, making for “one of those nice boring races that we love to have”.
“There are still 100 laps of racing to go,” he said, referring to his quest for a victory.
“The car was absolutely awesome. We changed it a little bit from practice yesterday and the car was flowing beautifully right from the outset.
“It was probably a little too good to drive at the start and I was a little concerned that it might go off a little bit as the race went on, so we made a tyre pressure change at the stop.
“The car wasn’t as blisteringly quick after the pitstop – we had a little bit of understeer – but the longevity of the tyre after that was awesome.”
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