Tander, Vervisch and Van der Linde in second Jamec Pem Audi
Valvoline Jamec Pem Racing has confirmed a second all-professional driving squad for the 2018 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, doubling their chances at outright victory. Supercars champion and triple Bathurst 1000 winner Garth Tander will be joined by factory Audi Sport stars Kelvin van der Linde and Frederic Vervisch, completing a strong two-car team that includes Christopher Mies, Christopher Haase and Markus Winkelhock driving the sister car.
Tander is now something of a regular with the Melbourne-based Jamec Pem team – run within the Audi Sport Customer Racing Australia outfit that will field multiple R8’s in the race this February. As well as making selected appearances in the Australian GT Championship, Tander drove a Jamec Pem Racing Audi R8 LMS in both the 2016 and 2017 12-hour races, finishing eighth and 13th, respectively.
The 2007 Supercars Champion is a three-time winner of the Bathurst 1000 and a former winner of the Bathurst 24 Hour – but is yet to taste the podium at the 12-hour. “It’s an awesome opportunity to be back with the factory Audi effort, I’m honoured they have asked me back again,” Tander said. “I have great teammates in my car with Kevin and Fred and I’m looking forward to sharing my knowledge of the track with them, and having them help me get the most out of the car.
South African star Kelvin van der Linde has become a star of the Audi factory driver roster, particularly in Australia whilst racing with Jamec Pem Racing. He won two races in the 2017 Australian GT Championship with Geoff Emery, ultimately finishing fourth in the championship, despite missing the final round. He also paired with Pierre Kaffer and Markus Winkelhock in an Audi R8 LMS to win the California 8 Hours, the final round of the 2017 Intercontinental GT Challenge.
Former German and Asian F3 champion Fred Vervisch was included in the Audi Sport factory driver roster last winter, having driven an R8 LMS during the last few years. The 31-year-old Belgian has won races in the Blancpain GT Series and finished on the podium at several occasions.