Young up and comer James Golding has officially been named as James Moffat’s replacement at Garry Rogers Motorsport next year, making a veteran/rookie pairing in the team.
Golding who was set to replace McLaughlin end of last year, until former GRM racer Garth Tander became available which delayed his full-time Supercars debut for a full year.
He did run two solo events this year as a Super2 wildcard in the main game, and did two previous Pirtek Endurance Cup campaigns with Moffat first, then with Tander this year.
The 21-year-old joins a long list of star drivers who made their debut with the team and includes Garth Tander, Jamie Whincup, Scott McLaughlin, Jason Bright, Michael Caruso, Lee Holdsworth and Steven Richards.
And he will be in a big class of rookies in 2018 that includes Anton De Pasquale, Todd Hazelwood, Jack Le Brocq and Richie Stanaway.
“I’ve been involved in GRM and Supercars for a bit over five years now and to finally get a seat is just unreal, it’s a dream come true for me,” Golding told the official Supercars website.
“As a young kid it was always my dream and I’ve been so close, it’s unbelieve to finally get that chance. I can’t wait to get in and see how I go.
“I think now it’s time for me to move up. If I didn’t move up now I think it’d be a bit harder because I’m at the right age for it.
“I’ve learnt a fair bit out of the wildcards and another round of endurance races, so I’m better equipped than I would have been a year ago.”
Rogers says he takes great pride in helping young people work their way through the ranks in motorsport.
“I will be extremely proud to see Bieber race in Adelaide in just over three months time,” said Garry Rogers.
“I get an enormous amount of satisfaction watching and helping young people achieve something and that doesn’t just mean race drivers, I get just as much satisfaction in watching a guy like Stiffy [team manager Stefan Millard] develop from a trainee data engineer to our team manager.
“With regards to Bieber, I have been watching him since his early teens in go-karts and as things progressed I offered him an apprenticeship a little over four years ago as a mechanic.
“Bieber has shown a great aptitude to the mechanical side of a race car and his day to day work ethic certainly illustrates to me that he is a very disciplined person.
“I know that Bieber has the skills and we will provide him with the people and the equipment to not only have the potential to lead that group but challenge the mainstays of Supercars.”
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