PremiAir Racing inks deal with veteran engineer


Geoffrey Slater

PremiAir Racing has signed engineer Geoffrey Slater for the remainder of the 2022 Repco Supercars Championship season.

After one-off appearances at the NTI Townsville 500 and OTR SuperSprint with Chris Pither in the #22 Coca-Cola Racing PremiAir Supercar, Slater will return for the ITM Auckland SuperSprint this weekend and stay until the end of the season. .

It is understood he will be working on James Golding’s New Zealand Metro-supported No. 31 entry, with Pither’s engineer for the event unclear.

Slater has a proven track record, having crafted winning performances with Dick Johnson Racing and Tekno Autosports, with notable efforts including winning the 2016 Bathurst 1000 and Bathurst 12 Hours.

He has also had success overseas, recording victories at the 2020 24 Hours of Daytona and the 2020 Michelin Endurance Cup, with a runner-up performance at the WeatherTech Championship to boot.

He is also no stranger to the chassis that PremiAir Racing contests, having worked with the cars in the team’s previous lives as Tekno Autosports and Team Sydney.

The 45-year-old is looking forward to putting his experience and the good relationships he has developed within the team to good use.

“I’ve been a friend of Pete [Xiberras] for over a year,” Slater said.

“He asked me to come and help at Townsville and then The Bend, and while I was there I could see the team had huge potential for growth, so it’s going to be an exciting adventure to see where we can go together.

“I spent 15 years in Supercars, the highlight being winning the Bathurst 1000 in 2016 with Tekno Autosports, then took several years to explore other options – racing GTs in Australia and then traveling in the United States, which included wins at the Daytona 24 Hour Race and second in the WeatherTech Championship.

“With the arrival of COVID, it was a good time to return to Australia, which brought me back to Supercars, and I’m very excited to see what we can build together here at PremiAir Racing over the rest of the season. 2022 season.”

PremiAir Racing team principal Matt Cook said the team is delighted to have Slater join them on a more permanent basis.

“We are very happy to have Geoff on the team. He comes to us with a wealth of experience, he has been in the industry for a very long time and we are very grateful to have him,” Cook said.

“Halfway through the season, it is very difficult to find experienced personnel, and we are very grateful that they have honored us with their presence and are with us until the end of the year.

“We couldn’t be more excited for him to join the team.”

The Supercars action at Pukekohe Park Raceway kicks off with Practice 1 Friday at 12:40 p.m. AEST.


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