A Melbourne newspaper poll says Garth Tander’s fellow V8 Supercar drivers rate him the overwhelming favourite to win the series.
March 1, 2007, 3pm. More than half of Australia’s V8 Supercar drivers rate Toll HSV Dealer Team’s Garth Tander as the favourite to win the 2007 V8 2007 title, says a poll published by Melbourne daily newspaper, the Herald Sun.
The newspaper said 18 out of 31 drivers voted for Tander as the likely champ.
His nearest challenger, Ford Performance Racing’s Mark Winterbottom, got six votes. Craig Lowndes, who won a similar poll last year, came third with three votes.
The reigning champion Rick Kelly was one of four drivers to score one vote, along with Mark Skaife, Jamie Whincup and Steven Richards.
Tander, who came second in a similar poll last year, told the Herald Sun's Paul Gover that it was humbling to be measured by peers in this way.
But he said it was incredibly difficult to pick a favourite for the title because the V8 Series was too competitive.
Tander said Rick Kelly was one of three or four drivers he believed could win the 2007 championship, along with Lowndes, Winterbottom and Skaife.