By Dan McCarthy

James Golding became the favorite for the PremiAir Racing seat after Team 18 issued a statement announcing he will not be racing for the team in the Bathurst 1000 this year.

The former Garry Rogers Motorsport driver was due to join Team 18 and Scott Pye for the ‘Big Race’ in 2022, but Golding decided to pursue another opportunity which would be the PremiAir Racing seat vacated by Garry Jacobson after the round from Darwin.

Golding raced full time for Garry Rogers Motorsport in 2018 and 2019 and consistently finished in the top 10.

For the past two years he has been a Team 18 co-driver as well as a full-time competitor in the Australian S5000 Drivers Championship.

However, this announcement all but confirms the 26-year-old’s return to the Supercars Championship from Townsville this weekend.

As a result, Team 18 had to scrap plans to have Golding share the car with Pye this year and are looking for a new co-driver.

The team expressed their thanks to Golding and wished him luck in his future endeavours.

“James has been a great endurance rider for us over the past two years, and we thank him for his efforts in our Bathurst 1000 campaigns,” said Team 18 team owner Charlie Schwerkolt.

“We have some really exciting options on the table to select a new co-driver for Scott and we look forward to making an announcement as soon as possible.”

Michael Caruso remains with Team 18 for a second Bathurst 1000 tilt and will co-drive with Mark Winterbottom in the No. 18 IRWIN Racing Team 18 Holden ZB Commodore.

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