Leanne Tander

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Leanne Tander
David Reynolds and Leanne Tander 01.jpg
Nationality Australia Australian
Born (1980-06-05) 5 June 1980 (age 34)
Sydney, Australia
Related to Garth Tander (husband)
2014 Touring Car Masters
Debut season 2010
Car no. 11
Starts 20
Championships 0
Wins 1
Best finish 5th in 2010
Previous series
1998-2000
2001-02,2009
2004
2005-2008
Australian Formula Ford
Development V8 Supercar
Australian Production Car
Australian Drivers' Champ.

Leanne Tander (née Ferrier, born 5 June 1980 in Sydney, Australia) is an Australian racecar driver having raced cars such as Formula Ford, Formula 3 and V8 Supercars.

Career[edit]

Tander started in karts in 1993, and progressed to Formula Ford in 1998. After mixed success there, she moved up into V8 Supercar in 2001 with Garry Rogers Motorsport and 2002 with Fleetcare Racing. The next three seasons saw her race her father Mark's Mazda RX-7 in Improved Production racing, winning the Victorian and New South Wales championships in 2005, as well as driving in the Australian Production Car Championship in 2004 for Team Toyota Australia. In 2005, Tander had her first taste of a Formula 3 car, contesting three rounds that year, and moved to the Australian Formula Three Championship full-time in 2006, where she became the first female to win a race in 2007. After a pair of second places at Symmons Plains Raceway at the penultimate round, Tander went into the final round of the championship leading by four points.

After qualifying on pole position for both races at the season finale, at Oran Park Raceway, Leanne scored a third and a second in the two races, respectively, to narrowly miss out on the championship by just two points. It remains the best ever performance by a female driver in a National Australian circuit-racing Championship, and possibly the best ever by a female driver in a National or International F3 series.

In 2008 she remained in Australian F3 scoring four poles positions, five race wins and narrowly missed out on the title at the final round to James Winslow.

She is married to 2007 V8Supercar champion Garth Tander. With Garth leading the V8 Supercar standings, and Leanne having led the Australian Drivers Championship this season, it was the first time that a married couple have simultaneously lead Australian Motor Racing Championships.[1]

In the 2009 V8 Supercar Series, Tander will join the Paul Cruikshank Racing racing for Ford. No pairings have been confirmed. She will also make a return to the Fujitsu Series driving a TanderSport prepared Ford BF Falcon beginning at Winton Motor Raceway.[2]

In 2010 Tander competed in the Touring Car Masters, driving a replica Ford XA Falcon GTHO Phase IV. She placed 5th in the series, having won the last race of Round 5, held at the Mount Panorama Circuit as a support category to the 2010 Bathurst 1000 in which husband Garth finished 3rd in a successful weekend for the couple.

As of 2012, Leanne has been a regular contributor to entertainment and lifestyle website Live4.[3]

Career results[edit]

Tander placed 5th in the 2006 Australian Drivers' Championship
Season Series Position Car Team
1998 Australian Formula Ford Championship 27th Van Diemen RF94 Ford Leanne Ferrier
1999 Australian Formula Ford Championship 7th Stealth Van Diemen RF94 Ford Fastlane Racing
2000 Australian Formula Ford Championship 3rd Stealth Van Diemen RF94 Ford Garry Rogers Motorsport
2001 Konica V8 Supercar Series 5th Holden VT Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport
2002 Konica V8 Supercar Series 18th Holden VS Commodore Fleetcare Racing
2004 Australian Production Car Championship 2nd Toyota Corolla Sportivo Neal Bates Motorsport
2005 Victorian Improved Production Car Championship 1st Mazda RX-7 Mark Ferrier
2005 New South Wales Improved Production Car Championship 1st Mazda RX-7 Mark Ferrier
2005 Australian Drivers' Championship 7th Dallara F301 Alfa Romeo
Dallara F304 Spiess Opel
Piccola Scuderia
Fleetcare TanderSport
2006 Australian Drivers' Championship 5th Dallara F304 Spiess Opel Fleetcare TanderSport
2006–07 Toyota Racing Series 17th [4] Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota European Technique
2007 Australian Drivers' Championship 2nd Dallara F304 Spiess Opel Fleetcare TanderSport
2008 Australian Drivers' Championship 2nd Dallara F307 HWA Mercedes-Benz TanderSport
2009 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series 19th Ford BF Falcon Paul Cruickshank Racing
2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series 44th Ford BF Falcon Paul Cruickshank Racing
2010 Touring Car Masters 5th Ford XA Falcon GT Phil Morris

Note: Tander raced under her maiden name of Ferrier prior to 2005.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://enews.mnews.com.au/
  2. ^ "Tander Set for V8 Return". Auto Action (Sydney: ACP Magazines) (1337): 6. 22–28 April 2009. 
  3. ^ http://www.live4.com.au/author/leanne-tander/
  4. ^ Toyota Racing Series - 2007 results Retrieved on 21 July 2011

External links[edit]

  • Leanne Tander's Official Site [1]
  • Tander Sport [2]
  • Speedsport Germany [3]
  • Australian Formula Ford [4]
  • Procar [5]
  • Conrod [6]