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PremiAir swoops on ex-Team 18 engineer

PREMIAIR Racing has bolstered its Supercars brains trust, adding Julia McGarry to its engineering armoury effective immediately.

McGarry was one of three Team 18 staff members to depart following this month’s Repco Bathurst 1000, after Mark Winterbottom was not classified in the Great Race.

McGarry had joined Team 18 in the off-season as Winterbottom’s data engineer, following stints at Triple Eight (as a mechanic) and Matt Stone Racing.

PremiAir wasted zero time in acquiring McGarry as a data engineer once she became available; she was yesterday spotted in the team’s garage at the ongoing Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500.

She also joined in the Arundel team’s FIA Girls on Track efforts during the week, as promoted on social media.

PremiAir has become a key supporter of the Girls on Track program, with Carmen Xiberras (co-owner), Romy Mayer (race engineer for Tim Slade) and Hayley Tyrell (partnerships manager) already in its ranks.

While McGarry has quickly found a new home in the Supercars pitlane, the immediate futures of fellow Team 18 departees Bruin Beasley and Manuel Sanchez are less clear for now.

Beasley, who was part of Erebus Motorsport’s 2017 Bathurst 1000 triumph, had been team manager.

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Sanchez meanwhile has a decade of Supercars experience, having been a mainstay at Garry Rogers Motorsport before signing on as Winterbottom’s race engineer at the start of 2020.

Matt Saunders is filling that role on Car #18 at the Gold Coast, but may not be available for the Adelaide season finale given his existing arrangement with Super2 driver Nash Morris.

Then at Triple Eight, Saunders guided Declan Fraser to the 2022 Super2 title and became a main game race winner in June when he filled in for MSR as Jack Le Brocq’s race engineer at the Darwin Triple Crown.

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