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Tander, Triple Eight part ways

THE two-time Bathurst 1000-winning combination of Shane van Gisbergen and Garth Tander will not continue into 2023.

Triple Eight Race Engineering has today announced that it will split with Tander in a post-season bombshell.

“GT has been a well-respected member of the Triple Eight team for the past four years, and we must acknowledge his remarkable contribution to the team which includes two Bathurst 1000 wins,” said Triple Eight managing director Jamie Whincup.

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“Although we’re disappointed that he has decided not to renew his contract for next year, we must respect his decision.

“The search for his replacement is in full swing and I’m looking forward to speaking with drivers both domestic and abroad to find the best fit to co-pilot #97 alongside SVG for next year’s Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000.”

Speculation had swirled that Tander, 45, may retire to focus on his blossoming television career.

Tander last week won Broadcaster of the Year at the annual Supercars Media Awards.

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However, the underlying tone of Triple Eight’s announcement pointing to a split, rather than bowing out in glory, points to a potential move elsewhere.

High on the list could be a spot at Dick Johnson Racing, where Alex Davison’s co-driving future is known to be vulnerable.

Alternatively, he could rejoin Walkinshaw Andretti United which is expected to run three cars at Bathurst next year, with Grove Racing also a chance.

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