Mies, Tander slam rival after Bathurst clash

Christopher Mies and Leanne Tander have slammed Porsche driver David Calvert-Jones after a Turn 1 crash just before the three-hour mark at Mount Panorama.

Mies, Tander slam rival after Bathurst clash
#94 MARC Cars Australia, MARC Mazda 3 V8: Leanne Tander, Nicholas Rowe, Gerard McLeod, Tim Leahey
#75 Jamec Pem Racing, Audi R8 LMS: Garth Tander, Christopher Mies, Christopher Haase
#12 Competition Motorsports powered by Ice Break, Porsche 991 GT3 R: David Calvert-Jones, Patrick Long, Marc Lieb, Matt Campbelll
#12 Competition Motorsports powered by Ice Break, Porsche 991 GT3 R: David Calvert-Jones, Patrick Long, Marc Lieb, Matt Campbell
#12 Competition Motorsports powered by Ice Break, Porsche 991 GT3 R: David Calvert-Jones, Patrick Long, Marc Lieb, Matt Campbell
#12 Competition Motorsports powered by Ice Break, Porsche 991 GT3 R: David Calvert-Jones, Patrick Long, Marc Lieb, Matt Campbell

Mies was running sixth in the #75 Jamec Pem Audi when he was spun by Competition Motorsports Porsche driver Calvert-Jones at Turn 1 at a restart. The stranded R8 was then hit by Tander in one of the MARC V8 cars, who had nowhere to go.

Mies was left furious with Calvert-Jones for the initial contact, suggesting the experienced amateur should ‘stick to club racing’.

“I don’t know, those drivers shouldn’t get a race licence,” the German said on the official broadcast.

“To make such a stupid move in a 12 Hour race after a restart, it’s just dumb. It’s proven that probably sometimes you shouldn’t race in a professional race, you should stick to club racing or whatever, because this was just stupid.

“I will tell him as well, but he shouldn’t come [to the garage] now.”

The crash was a double blow to the Tander family, Leanne’s husband Garth part of the #75 Audi line-up along with Mies and Haase.

“Some hero thought he was going to win on the restart,” said Leanne Tander.

“He’s come flying down the inside, there’s plenty of room, he’s taken out car #75 – and unfortunately with the two of them the way they were, I couldn’t even stop in time. I nearly stopped, but the way the car has come back in front of me there was absolutely nowhere to go.

“[With] still so long to go, it’s so frustrating when people do that kind of stuff.”

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