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Tander wins Race 1
Toll HSV driver Garth Tander took a huge stride towards securing a maiden V8 Supercar Championship Series title with a commanding win in the first race of the Falken Tasmania Challenge in Launceston today.

The lanky West Australian made the field look as though they were standing still on the same track he won all three races at this time last year. Already this year he has had clean sweeps at Queensland Raceway and Barbagallo in Perth.

He is clearly now the Championship favorite with a 31-point lead over Craig Lowndes, depending on what happens in tomorrow’s two races. He streeted Team Vodafone’s Jamie Whincup and Ford Performance Racing’s Mark Winterbottom today.

But he won’t have a word of Championships, although he did say he would like a comfortable buffer going into the Dunlop Grand Finale at Phillip Island in a fortnight.

“There are still two races to go here and five in the Championship … 31 points is not enough,” Tander said.

“You certainly have to weigh up all of the scenarios as they are presented to you. The best scenario for us is to do well tomorrow and create a margin to make all the races at Phillip Island a little less critical.”


Driver Car
1. Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE
2. Jamie Whincup Ford Falcon BF
3. Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon BF
4. Steven Richards Ford Falcon BF
5. Craig Lowndes Ford Falcon BF
6. Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE
7. Mark Skaife Holden Commodore VE
8. Steven Johnson Ford Falcon BF
9. Will Davison Ford Falcon BF
10. Jason Richards Holden Commodore VE
11. Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE
12. Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE
13. Paul Dumbrell Holden Commodore VE
14. Marcus Marshall Holden Commodore VE
15. Steve Owen Holden Commodore VZ
16. Russell Ingall Ford Falcon BF
17. Jason Bright Ford Falcon BF
18. Owen Kelly Holden Commodore VZ
19. Cameron McConville Holden Commodore VE
20. Dean Canto Holden Commodore VE
21. Andrew Jones Ford Falcon BF
22. Simon Wills Ford Falcon BF
23. Jason Bargwanna Ford Falcon BF
24. Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon BF
25. Alan Gurr Ford Falcon BF
26. Max Wilson Ford Falcon BF
27. John Bowe Ford Falcon BF
28. James Courtney Ford Falcon BF
DNF Shane Price Holden Commodore VE
DNF Paul Morris Holden Commodore VE
DNF Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VE

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