Dean Canto to drive for GRM at Gold Coast Indy Dean Canto will get behind the wheel of a Holden Commodore for the second time in his V8 Supercar career when he joins Cameron McConville at the Garry Rogers Motorsport team on...
Dean Canto to drive for GRM at Gold Coast Indy
Dean Canto will get behind the wheel of a Holden Commodore for the second time in his V8 Supercar career when he joins Cameron McConville at the Garry Rogers Motorsport team on the Gold Coast this weekend.
Canto replaces regular 2005 driver Andrew Jones, who has since left the team after discussions with Rogers earlier this week.
Although a Ford campaigner in recent times, Canto's first V8 Supercar foray was in a Commodore in 1999.
Since then he has won the Konica V8 Supercar Championship in 2000 and competed in various rounds of the main series with his own team.
He then joined the John Briggs team in 2003, which was subsequently purchased by Triple 8 Racing and Canto drove for the team in the 2004 endurance events.
Canto would be best remembered for quite an outstanding performance at Bathurst in that year whilst driving for Triple 8 with Yvan Muller.
Having to start the race from the rear of the grid due to an engine problem in the warm-up, Canto was at the front of the race by lap 40.
All the good work turned to nothing when Muller beached the Ford during his driving stint. The day would get worse with Canto eventually crashing the car in the latter stages and putting them out of the event.
In the past he has shown quite impressive speed in his races, but has also had his fair share of crashes.
Always the optimist, team owner Garry Rogers said "a lot of the front runners have experienced this from time to time and I can vividly remember many similar occurrences with the successful Garth Tander, Jason Bargwanna and Steven Richards times in the early days of GRM."
"The GRM team's recent strong performances have shown a little more of the form that is required for better race results in what has undoubtedly become the toughest touring car category in the world.
"Strong performances by the team at Perth, Oran Park, Sandown and, more recently, Bathurst, indicate that the ongoing development and testing that the team has undertaken since the start of the season is gradually starting to show results.
"It has been a tough couple of years, but I live by the never-give-up policy and I am also very fortunate to have a band of merry men who have proven over a lot of years that they are capable of building and racing cars that can perform when piloted by speedy drivers."