Leanne To V8 Development Series


MEDIA RELEASE


Tuesday 28 April 2009


Leanne Tander Debut in #222


Spearheading a new race program of her own, Leanne Tander is set to step back into V8 Supercar racing for this weekend’s V8 Supercar Fujitsu Series at Victoria’s Winton Raceway on 1-3 May with key support from Wilson Security Racing (WSR).


Wilson Security Racing acquired Jason Bright’s 2008 BF Falcon race car to enable Tander’s return to V8 racing at Winton, also allowing her to notch up valuable miles ahead of this year’s endurance races.


Coming under the overall WSR umbrella, the new Tander race machine will compete as car number 222 to bridge the number sequence of Wilson Security Racing’s 111 and 333 V8 main game entries of Fabian Coulthard and Michael Patrizi.


Australia's top female motor racer, Tander first came to prominence in the V8 Supercar Development Series where she became the first woman to stand on a V8 Supercar podium.


Tander last raced in the V8 Development Series in 2002 and is looking to improve on her previous success in the category.


Honing her craft across the intervening years, Tander became the first female in the world to win a race in Formula 3, finishing in the runner-up position for the past two seasons.


Tander’s return to the V8 field at Winton will see the Tandersport team step up to run its first V8 Supercar entry with her at the wheel.


The wife of 2007 V8 Supercar Champion Garth Tander, she shares control of the Tandersport race team that has successfully fielded her Formula 3 entry in recent seasons.


Excited not only about her return to the V8 Development Series, Tander is also eager to commence the team’s opening foray into the V8 Supercar category.


Representing Wilson Security Racing, Tander joins the action in the second round of the 2009 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series on 1-3 May at Winton Raceway in Benalla (VIC).


LEANNE TANDER:


"I’m really looking forward to racing a V8 Supercar again. The last time I raced in the V8 Development Series was back in ’02.


"The series has definitely stepped up a lot since then; it’s much more professional, there are more multi-car teams with better drivers.


"Having said that, I’ve also improved as a driver since and I’ll have a very good team behind me so we can have a really good go at it.


"I’m very grateful to Wilson Security for their support to help get this up and running and make this opportunity a reality.


"This is very exciting for Tandersport. We wanted to move Tandersport into the Development Series, but haven’t had the right opportunity to step up until now.


"Thanks to Wilson Security Racing, acquiring this car has created the opportunity to make our start in the Development Series – not just this year, but potentially as an ongoing program into next season, even if I’m not the one racing in the car.


"Running in additional rounds in the V8 Development Series this year was something that we discussed very early on and it has taken a huge effort to pull this together.


"Our plan is to run at least three rounds of the Development Series, but it will depend on acquiring more sponsors and funding.


"We are running under the Wilson Security Racing banner for this round, but we definitely need to find additional sponsors in order to continue.


"You can see the livery has been designed with plenty of free space to accommodate other sponsors coming on board.


"Both Garth and I share ownership in the Tandersport team, but Garth will have no involvement in our V8 Development Series entry considering he is contracted to Holden, and he’s too busy with his own V8 commitments anyway.


"The program will be run by a very capable team of people we have working with us – they’re a very competent bunch and between them have had experience V8’s, Formula 3, Carrera Cup, Formula Ford and Production Cars."


JOHN MCMELLAN - CEO, WILSON SECURITY, AUST/NZ:


"Wilson Security has a great deal of faith in Leanne’s ability. We are proud to create this opportunity for her to race the new 222 WSR car and help her to step up with her own team.


"Leanne is a great ambassador for Wilson Security and we have a long-term focus for our relationship with her both on and off-track.


"Our support to help Leanne get this Development Series program up and running at Tandersport is not just about getting her up to speed for the enduros, but also to help develop her career in the bigger picture."


Past Articles
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