Tuesday, Dec 17 11:32am
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

James Golding joins Mark Winterbottom for Enduro Cup

Team 18 has confirmed James Golding will join Mark Winterbottom in the PIRTEK Enduro Cup in next year’s Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.


Golding has joined the team off the back of Garry Rogers Motorsport’s departure from full-time competition and replaced the recently retired Steven Richards.


Team 18 will field two cars in 2020 with Scott Pye joining the expanded team from Walkinshaw Andretti United. Pye’s co-driver for next year will be announced later this week.


Next year will mark the first time out of the main game since joining the fold in 2018. The last two years Golding has spent with Garry Rogers Motorsport where he scored a career-best seventh place at Townsville.


“I am very humbled to be given the opportunity to drive with Frosty at Team 18,” Golding said of the new deal.


“This was a very tough decision for me to step back from full-time driving, but I feel like it was the best decision for my career to put myself in a good team environment with lots of potential to show my worth at the top level in Australia.


“After a tough season in 2019 with Boost Mobile Racing, I am looking forward to a fresh start working alongside Mark at IRWIN Racing in what I believe will be a strong pairing come the Endurance season.


“After having strong performances at Bathurst over the past two seasons, that will be a race that I’m really looking forward to.”


Already there have been some suggestions Golding will race elsewhere in 2020 with the possibility of an S5000 or TCR Australia Series campaign with Garry Rogers Motorsport.


“This won’t be my only racing for 2020,” Golding said.


“I will also be staying sharp through driving in other categories, so that come the end of the season I am well and truly prepared to make that step back into a full-time seat.”