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The record Tander might hold forever

SCOTT McLaughlin may have elbowed a range of famous names out of the way in the Supercars record books in recent years, however there’s one record he won’t be able to take from Garth Tander.

Tander holds the record for the most Supercars Championship round starts in a row, making 282 from Phillip Island 1998 through to his final full-time start in Newcastle in 2018.

Next best on the list is Craig Lowndes, who competed in 266 straight rounds from Winton 1999 through to Newcastle 2018.

Both Tander and Lowndes feature on a new collector’s print, as seen below, celebrating Triple Eight’s eighth Bathurst 1000 win. It’s available to pre order here now.

Rick Kelly’s recent decision to call time on his full-time Supercars career will mean he’s started 263 rounds in a row from Sandown 2001 to Bathurst 2020.

That leaves the driver with the best active streak of round starts as IRWIN Racing’s Mark Winterbottom.

‘Frosty’ has racked up 236 round starts in a row dating back to Adelaide 2004, meaning he’ll need to compete full-time in the championship for another four years without missing a round to have a chance of taking Tander’s record.

With 12 or 13 rounds per season expected to be held in the next few seasons, Winterbottom will need to drive on into 2024 without missing a round to be a chance to break the record.

Winterbottom has re-signed with Team 18 for another two years covering 2021 and 2022.

Mark Winterbottom will line up for his 237th consecutive Supercars Championship round start when the 2021 season begins. Photo: Dirk Klynsmith.
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