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JAMES Golding will enjoy the veteran guidance of Geoffrey Slater at this weekend’s ITM Auckland SuperSprint, PremiAir Racing has confirmed.

Accomplished engineer Slater had been attached to the sister car driven by Chris Pither at Townsville and Tailem Bend before missing Sandown.

He’s now been confirmed for the remainder of the season in a boost for the team; also confirmed is his switch across the garage.

“We are only a new team, so it is important to experiment with different things to find what works best in elevating the whole team further up the grid,” explained Golding.

“In saying that, I would like to thank Sheldon Auhl for all his hard work as my race engineer to date.

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“I am now looking forward to a new opportunity working with Geoff Slater in New Zealand.

“Geoff has a wealth of experience in Supercars, and I can’t wait to learn as much as I can from him to help continue the team’s progression.”

Golding was a top 10 finisher in the most recent Repco Supercars Championship race at Pukekohe in 2019, then driving for Garry Rogers Motorsport.

“I am really excited to return back to New Zealand with Supercars for the first time since 2019,” said the #31 Subway Commodore driver.


“It is going to be a special event, being the last ever Supercars race held at Pukekohe, so that is something I am really proud to be a part of.

“The track is one I really enjoy, it challenges you in high-speed corners but also in tight technical sections, so it will be sad to see it go.

“I had a strong showing the last time I raced there with Garry Rogers Motorsport, so of course I am excited to get back there three years later with a new team.

“We have made inroads every round since I returned to the championship, and I expect Pukekohe to be no different.

“Sandown was a great boost for the team and has shown other teams we aren’t here to make up the numbers.”

It’s believed Pither will have a new engineer altogether for his home event, with Triple Eight’s Simon Hodge the favourite.

Hodge has spent the 2022 Dunlop Super2 Series alongside Cameron Hill, who will co-drive with Pither in the Repco Bathurst 1000 next month.

“I made the trip across the ditch a week early with my family which was nice,” said Pither.

“I’ve missed a few family milestones, like Gran’s 90th, and my daughter Audrey (got to) share her second birthday with family who were yet to meet her.

“This is the first time home since COVID-19, so that will be special.”

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