Bathurst champion shows he?s kept karting skills alive
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
FORMER Bathurst winner Garth Tander showed he has still has his karting skills after winning the special V8 Supercar Kart Show-down at the Gladstone Kart Club on Saturday.
Tander, who started his motor racing career in karts, was a very popular winner of the four-race event ahead of Jamie Whincup and Will Davison.
It was an action-packed event with the six V8 supercar drivers producing an entertaining spectacle.
Throughout the four-races, the six drivers diced with each other and never took a backward step on the tricky Gladstone circuit.
The day started in the most sensational of ways in race one when a clash between former Holden team-mates Garth Tander and Jamie Whincup resulted in a spin on the second corner of the first lap.
Unfortunately Steve Ellery and Garth Walden were also put out, resulting in the cancellation of the race, much to the chagrin of Paul Weel and Will Davison.
In a show of faith that typified the day's atmosphere, the V8 drivers agreed to take part in a make-up race to entertain the CQ V8 faithful.
Tander's consistency helped him win the title, winning two of the four races and he certainly enjoyed his trip to the Harbour City.
"It was a great day for us, we had a ball up here and for me to beat the other boys was great,'' Tander said.
Davison, who had driven in Gladstone before, and Whincup who finished second, also showed plenty of speed throughout the day.
Fellow Holden driver Paul Weel had his fair share of bad luck but was able to chalk up a win, while Ford driver Ellery flew the Blue Oval's flag.
Meanwhile, Walden had a tough-time adjusting to the karts and struggled.
All six not only donated their time, but also $100 each to the APN Tsunami Appeal.