Audi has announced that it will enter three Pro entries at the 2020 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, the first round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge, on January 31 – February 2.
Garth Tander will join Audi Sport Team Valvoline in the two-car assault on Mount Panorama. The 2007 V8 Supercar Championship series winner has won the Bathurst 1000 on three occasions and has considerable experience around the challenging circuit. Tander will join eight Audi factory drivers as the Neckarsulm manufacturer looks to add a fourth victory to those achieved in 2011, 2012 and 2018.
Tander, along with Christopher Mies, visited Mount Panorama in November for Challenge Bathurst, allowing the Australian driver to gain more experience of the circuit and time in the ‘Evolution’ version of the Audi R8 LMS GT3.
Audi Sport Team Valvoline Team Manager Steve McLaughlan was delighted to have had the opportunity to run the new-generation Audi ahead of the 12 Hour in February.
“That was invaluable,” said Steve McLaughlan. “What we learnt across the two days has certainly started us well ahead of the curve come late January as practice gets underway for the 2020 12 Hour.
“Garth has been an integral part of the team since 2016 when he first drove with me and Rene Rast. Since then he’s helped move the whole team forward, something we saw most evident during this year’s Australian GT endurance series where he was instrumental in helping Geoff Emery to Audi’s first ever endurance championship crown.”
The 2020 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour weekend gets underway at 08:40 local time on Friday January 31 with the first practice session. Qualifying begins at 13:35 on Saturday February 1 with the lights going out for the race at 05:45 on Sunday February 2.