Golding ‘feeling good’ about 2023 extension

James Golding's livery for the Gold Coast 500. Pic: Supplied

JAMES Golding is comfortable on where he stands with PremiAir Racing for the 2023 Repco Supercars Championship as speculation looms a deal has been struck.

Speaking at Surfers Paradise as a beach-themed Gold Coast 500 livery was launched for his #31 Subway ZB Commodore, Golding’s face said it all – even if his words didn’t – when asked how he’s feeling about his 2023 prospects.

“(I’m) feeling good. It’s all going good so far,” he replied.

“I’m just once again focusing on my job, making sure I nail that and I think the rest will take care of itself.”

It’s now been confirmed that Tim Slade will join PremiAir next season as Chris Pither departs, meaning Golding could have a two-time race winner as his new teammate.

“If I turn out being teammates with Sladey, I don’t have an issue with him,” said Golding.

“I’ve been racing him for a while: he’s a solid driver and I get along with him well, so if that turns out, then yeah I look forward to it.”

PremiAir has not yet commented publicly on the future of Golding, who was signed as a mid-season replacement for Garry Jacobson.

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With two top 10s and four top 12s to his credit in the past six races, Golding is ready to pounce on any on-track opportunity that presents itself this weekend at the Gold Coast 500.

“To be consistently up there, that’s what really makes a difference at the end of the day,” he said.

“When we do have a good day I think we can definitely be on the podium.

“If we’re consistently there and get everything right on the day, you’re right up there. So we’ll keep doing what we’re doing, it’s working now and we’ll see where we end up come the end of the year – hopefully we can get a trophy.”

After taking the covers off what he described as a “really impactful design”, Golding delighted fans with a DJ performance by the beach.

“Getting to bring my love of being a DJ together with my love of racing in such a beautiful setting was really energising and the perfect way to prepare for (this weekend),” he said. 

Connor O’Brien joined V8 Sleuth in 2022 as website Editor. He won the Supercars Media Award in 2017 while working as a sports reporter at the Gold Coast Bulletin, before stints at Supercars and Speedcafe. During his time at V8 Sleuth he's twice (2022, 2023) been named Journalist of the Year at the Supercars Media Awards.