Australian woman Leanne Tander will contest the next two rounds of the Toyota Racing Series after a promising showing in her debut at Manfeild.
February 25, 2007. Australian Leanne Tander is determined to deliver on the promise she showed at Manfeild when she makes her second appearance in the New Zealand Toyota Racing Series at Timaru this weekend.
Tander will contest the Timaru round and – the following weekend - the meeting at Teretonga Park, Invercargill, which includes the New Zealand Grand Prix, run for TRS open-wheelers.
Tander’s promising performance at Manfeild saw the Australian-run European Techniques team ask her back for the next two rounds of the championship.
“It’s good to be back with the (European Techniques) team, and it looks like I’ll be in the car Bart (Mawer) drove at (Manfeild),” she said today.
“The New Zealand Grand Prix is obviously a big event, and winning would be good,” says Tander.
“But I’m not putting my hopes that high. If I can run in the top five by the end of the NZGP it’ll be really good.”
Tander says it’s great to be invited to drive in more TRS races. “Hopefully I can be closer to the front.”
The chance to again race in New Zealand may help Tander’s quest to become the first woman to win an Australian Formula 3 race.
Though the cars are vastly different, she will have more race miles than her F3 rivals when she returns to her Holden-powered Formula 3 car at the Australian Grand Prix meeting.