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Thursday, May 30, 2024


PREMIAIR Racing has got its man, locking in experienced engineer Geoffrey Slater for the remainder of the 2022 Repco Supercars Championship.

Slater, who guided Tekno Autosports to victory in the 2016 Bathurst 1000, had operated on an event-by-event basis with the team since joining at Townsville.

The 45-year-old took the reins on Chris Pither’s car at Townsville and Tailem Bend before missing Sandown due to a prior commitment.

V8 Sleuth understands Slater will switch to the other side of the garage for this weekend’s ITM Auckland SuperSprint, working on the #31 Subway Holden of James Golding.

It’s unclear at this stage who will engineer Pither at Pukekohe; Sheldon Auhl had worked with Golding during the previous three rounds.

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Regardless, with Slater’s contractual period with Walkinshaw Andretti United now finished, the path was clear for PremiAir to ink a formal deal.

“We are very excited about having Geoff join the team. He comes to us with a wealth of experience, he has been around the industry for a very long time, and we are very grateful to get him,” said team principal Matt Cook.

“Partway through the season it is very hard to find experienced personnel, and we have been very grateful that he has graced us with his presence and will be with us until the end of the year.

Slater (middle). Pic: Supplied

“We couldn’t be more excited to have him joining the team.”

With Golding fresh off a top 10 qualifying and race performance at Sandown, Slater is excited by what the future holds for the Arundel outfit.

“(Team owner Peter Xiberras) asked me to come and help out at Townsville and then at The Bend, and while I was there, I could see the team has huge growth potential, so it is going to be an exciting adventure to see where we can go together,” he said.

“I spent 15 years in Supercars with a highlight being the 2016 Bathurst 1000 win with Tekno Autosports, and then I took several years off to explore other options – doing some GT racing in Australia and then heading over to the US which included wins at the Daytona 24 Hour Race and second in the WeatherTech Championship.

“With COVID hitting it was the right time to head back to Australia which has led me back to Supercars, and I am very excited to see what we can build together here at PremiAir Racing across the remainder of the 2022 season.”

Another three events will follow the trip to New Zealand, being the Repco Bathurst 1000, Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500 and VALO Adelaide 500.

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