|Podium Position at Winton
Touring Car Masters Round 2
14 – 16 May 2010
Since the engine failure that put us out of race 2 at Clipsal, the guys have been busy rebuilding the engine in preparation for round 2 of the TCM, which was to be held at Winton from 14 – 16 May. It meant, unfortunately, that there was no time for testing and we had to turn up at Winton unsure whether all the new car gremlins had been sorted, or if they were to raise their ugly heads at some stage over the weekend.
Our question was answered during the first practice when, after only a handful of laps, the brakes overheated and the pedal went to the floor and stayed there. Returning to the pits, we discovered that a seized bearing on the brake pedal was holding the brakes on so we remedied the problem and prepared the car for qualifying.
Unfortunately, in qualifying we had a flat tyre right from the outset – the bead had been ruined when the tyre was initially fitted to the rim, rendering the tyre useless. I managed to put in two timed laps with the deflating tyre, though they weren’t overly fast, to qualify 20th. All the crew were disappointed to have had yet another niggly problem, but were hopeful that all our problems were over.
Race one and I made a pretty good start, moving up a couple of positions on the first lap. It was tough passing on the tight Winton circuit, but one by one I managed to work my way forwards. A safety car around lap 7 helped my cause, bunching me up with a group of cars in front of me. Once the safety car left the circuit, however, we were left with a one-lap dash to the finish as our race was being cut short due to time constraints. I was disappointed, as I felt sure I could have made it into the top ten, but in the end 12th wasn’t so bad, as the car had made it through the entire race without one problem.
Race two was held early on Sunday morning. Starting from 12th, I got a great start and, by the end of the first lap, I had moved up five positions to 7th. Over the remaining 11 laps, I moved up another 2 positions to claim 5th for the race. The team and I were really happy as it was by far our best finish yet.
For race three, grid positions are determined by combining each competitors points from races one and two. This meant I would start from 8th. This time, I didn’t get a very good start at all as I got too much wheel spin. However, I was still able to move up two places on the opening lap. There was then a bit of a gap between me and Andrew Miedecke and Tony Edwards, who were in a tough battle ahead for 4th. I focussed on chasing them down, but it was tough. I could see I was closing in on them but it was by only a fraction of a second each lap. On lap 6, Edwards ran wide at the exit of turn 3 and I was just close enough to take advantage and sneak past. Miedecke was next on my list, but our cars were doing very similar lap times so it was hard to find a place to pass. Lap after lap I followed right on his tail. Jim Richards’ car had retired, so now I was in a battle for a podium position. Finally, on the last lap, I dived up the inside of Miedecke on the entry to turn 9 (the last hair pin). He stayed on the outside of me, our cars touching but each giving the other room. We blasted down the next straight towards turn 10 side by side, braking as late as we dared. As we rounded turn 10, this time my car was on the outside and I was able to get a better run down the next straight. Into the braking area for the final two turns, I was just ahead and held my advantage to the chequered flag to finish 3rd for the race and, even better, third for the round.
The crew were ecstatic. To come from a puncture in qualifying to finish on the podium was better than any of us had hoped for and the car performed faultlessly in every race. We still have a bit of work to do to catch John Bowe, who was the benchmark of the weekend, but for the car’s second ever race meeting, we’re all pretty happy with its progress so far!
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|Clipsal Race Report|
The Phase IV Ford XA GT and I made our Touring Car Masters debuts at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide. It was hard to miss the XA with it’s wild violet and pink colour scheme, the pink in support of the McGrath Foundation.
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|Sandown Race Report|
After a not so great start to my Fujitsu Series campaign at Winton in May, the team and I were pretty keen to make amends at Sandown.
|Leanne To V8 Development Series|
Spearheading a new race program of her own, Leanne Tander is set to step back into V8 Supercar racing for this weekend’s V8 Supercar Fujitsu Series at Victoria’s Winton Raceway on 1-3 May with key support from Wilson Security Racing (WSR).
|Leanne Tander adds girl power to V8 Supercar enduros with WSR|
V8 Supercars has today welcomed a female racer into its ranks for the 2009 V8 endurance races.
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|CONROY MOTORSPORT 1 - 2 IN WPS BATHURST 12 HOUR|
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|TANDER GRABS CLASS POLE FOR 12 HOUR|
CONROY MOTORSPORT has taken a stunning class pole position the WPS Bathurst 12 hour today at Mount Panorama.
|TANDER JOINS CONROY MOTORSPORT FOR BATHURST 12 HOUR|
FATHER AND SON TEAM CONROY MOTORSPORT has today announced an ambitious two-car team to tackle Mount Panorama and the WPS Bathurst 12 hour Enduro with the aim of beating the class E benchmark Osborne Motorsport Celicas.
|LEANNE'S INDY DISAPPOINTMENT|
TANDERSPORT endured a frustrating end to their 2008 Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 season at the Nikon Indy 300 F3 Challenge last weekend.
|ENGINE BLOWS CHAMPIONSHIP CHANCES|
TanderSport driver Leanne Tander rebounded from a race one disappointment to brilliantly win the John Bowe Trophy and the Country Club Tasmania Formula 3 SuperPrix at Symmons Plains raceway in Tasmania at the weekend.
|One round to go... one point behind!|
Round 7 of the Australian Formula 3 Championship produced another mixed bag of results for me. We were at Phillip Island for the second time this year and I was determined to make up for my lack of results there last time.
|The One That Got Away - Phillip Island Race Report|
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|Leanne Wins Again!|
TanderSport has won for the second time in as many rounds as Leanne Tander pieced together her best ever Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship round, at Mallala Raceway near Adelaide.
|Leanne Wins Her First Race for 2008|
Leanne Tander has won her first race of the 2008 Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship season at one of her favourite tracks, Oran Park Raceway, in Sydney at the weekend.
|TOUGH WEEKEND FOR TANDERSPORT|
Round two of the 2008 Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship didn’t go to plan for drivers’ Leanne Tander and Samantha Reid, but positives can be found from what ended up being a destructive weekend on the 3.2km street circuit.
|Strong Start to Year for Leanne|
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|Tander's transition to more grunt a success in FV6 Asia test|
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|Tander back to her karting past with support of young Victorian karter Isabella Thomas|
Leanne Tander has thrown her backing behind the next generation of Australian female driving talent by supporting 12-year-old Victorian karter Isabella Thomas.
|A DIFFERENT DRIVE FOR LEANNE TANDER IN SUPPORT OF KIDSFLIX|
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But last weekend Leanne was able to use her driving talent for different reasons, donating her time to chauffeur two disadvantaged kids around Melbourne as part of the ‘Kidsflix’ charity initiative.
|PLENTY OF POSITIVES FOR LEANNE TANDER DESPITE ORAN PARK DISAPPOINTMENT|
Leanne Tander has capped off a remarkable season by finishing a close second in the 2007 Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship.
|TANDERS CHASE HISTORIC DOUBLE - A WORLD APART|
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|VOTE 1 LEANNE|
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|LEANNE THE NEW FORMULA 3 POINTS LEADER|
LEANNE Tander has gained the outright lead of the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship for the first time with just one round of the 2007 season remaining.
|TANDERS MAKE RACING HISTORY|
For the first time in Australian history, husband and wife racing drivers are leading Australia’s premier motor racing categories.
|WIN NUMBER TWO FOR LEANNE IN CONTINUATION OF PHILLIP ISLAND FORM|
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|FIVE FAST FACTS ABOUT LEANNE'S 2007 F3 SEASON|
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|FAST FINISHING SECOND FOR LEANNE AT EASTERN CREEK|
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|Mallala Race Report|
After testing well on Thursday and Friday, I was confident I had a great car with which to qualify and race.
As it turned out, however, I achieved my worst qualifying results for the season with 6th in the first qualifying session and 5th in the second.
|Margin Closes as Leanne Fights for Podium at Mallala|
Fleetcare TanderSport continues to climb closer to the front of the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship standings after Leanne Tander raced to an aggressive race one podium finish in round four, yesterday.
|Phillip Island Race Report|
As I have often been in recent rounds, I was once again fastest during Friday practice when times unfortunately don’t count! The car felt great, though, so I was pretty determined to stay at the front for the remainder of the weekend.
|Leanne Creates History|
Leanne Tander has today created Australian Motorsport history by becoming the first female driver to win a race in the 51-year history of the Australian Drivers Championship for the CAMS Gold Star – the series recognized as the premier title for Open Wheel racers in Australia.
|PODIUMS POINT TO POTENTIAL FOR FLEETCARE TANDERSPORT|
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|Bathurst 12-Hour Race Report|
I was first approached to be involved in Holden’s all-girl assault on the Bathurst 12 hour late in 2006. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity for some laps around Bathurst (it’s been about 3 years since I last raced there) and to do something a bit different, as most of my races are no more than 30 minutes long!
|LEANNE FAST AGAIN YET AGAIN UNLUCKY AT ALBERT PARK|
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|Leanne heads back to NZ!|
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A leading contender in the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship with Fleetcare TanderSport, Leanne will again cross the Tasman to take in the next two rounds of New Zealand’s summer series.
|NZ TRS Race Report|
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|TOUGH, YET PROMISING NZ DEBUT FOR LEANNE|
Leanne Tander made quite an impact on the New Zealand-based Toyota Racing Series in her international racing debut at Manfeild Raceway last weekend.
|Leanne to Race in New Zealand|
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|Queen of Comebacks|
If the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship awarded a prize for the biggest comeback of the season, Fleetcare TanderSport driver Leanne Tander would be just about a lock-in for the award despite having just one round in the books.
|Round 1 Race Report|
After setting the fastest time in practice one and the second fastest in practice two on Friday, I headed into qualifying on Saturday morning fairly confident that I would be right on the pace.
My confidence appeared well-placed when, in qualifying one, I qualified third only 6 hundredths of a second behind pole.
|LEANNE TANDER: I can win the Championship|
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