By Josh Nevet

PremiAir Racing has secured the signing of experienced engineer Dr. Geoffrey Slater for the remainder of the 2022 Supercars Championship season, which begins this weekend in Auckland.

After a short and difficult spell with Walkinshaw Andretti United to start the year, Dr. Slater joined forces with PremiAir Racing on one-off appearances at Townsville and The Bend, acting as race engineer for Chris Pither in the #22 Holden Commodore.

Both he and the team liked what they saw and have now agreed to a full-time deal for the last four rounds of 2022.

The appointment is important for PremiAir Racing as the team has struggled to make an impact on the track in its first season under new ownership, sitting 12the in the Team Championship.

Dr. Slater has an extensive resume in various categories at home and abroad.

The 45-year-old has designed race-winning cars at Dick Johnson Racing and Tekno Autosports, winning the Bathurst 1000 with the latter team in 2016.

Overseas, Dr. Slater has tasted success in Australasian GT racing, the 2020 24 Hours of Daytona, the 2020 Michelin Endurance Cup and finished runner-up in the IMSA Sports Car Championship.

Already familiar with previous iterations of PremiAir Racing and current team owner Peter Xiberras, Dr. Slater is excited to make an immediate impact on the team.

“I am very excited to see what we can build together here at PremiAir Racing for the remainder of the 2022 season,” said Dr. Slater.

“I have been friends with Pete for over a year. He asked me to come and help out in Townsville and then The Bend, and while I was there, I could see that the team has huge potential for growth, so it’s going to be an exciting adventure to see where we can go together.”

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PremiAir Racing team principal Matt Cook is also looking forward to Dr. Slater’s experience.

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

“In the middle of the season it is very difficult to find experienced staff, and we are very grateful that he has honored us with his presence and will be with us until the end of the year.”

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