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Back to where it all began for Golding

TOMORROW marks exactly 12 months since James Golding’s Repco Supercars Championship career was revived.

It was July 5, 2022 that he was announced as Garry Jacobson’s mid-season replacement at PremiAir Racing in the lead-up to the Townsville 500.

Co-driving aside, Golding had been on the Supercars sidelines ever since Garry Rogers Motorsport exited the championship at the end of 2019.

Fast forward to now and he’s preparing for a return to the scene of his full-time comeback.

“The Townsville 500 is definitely a special event for me,” said Golding.

“Last year’s was my debut with the team and while it was certainly difficult, it was really enjoyable to return back to Supercars full-time at Townsville.

“It was the beginning of a new chapter in my career and something I will always cherish.

“We have learnt a lot since then and improved a lot.

“Of course, we have new cars with Gen3 this time around, so I am really, excited to get back to Reid Park and see what we can do in the Nulon Racing Camaro.”

While Golding continues to have Geoff Slater on the cans, teammate Tim Slade will have another change of race engineer – but not to join forces with the team’s most recent off-track recruit.

Slade will work directly with Blake Smith in Townsville, while Romy Mayer’s previously undefined role can be confirmed as leading the data engineering department.

PremiAir is the only multi-car team yet to have a podium to its name in 2023.

Golding came awfully close in the second race of the season in Newcastle, ultimately settling for fourth.

Townsville represents a return to the 2x250km format which was last run in Newcastle.

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