Shane Van Gisbergen
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|Shane Van Gisbergen|
Van Gisbergen on the 2011 Sydney 500 podium.
9 May 1989 |
|V8 Supercar Record|
|Current team||Triple Eight Race Engineering|
|2015 Championship position||
4th (2712 pts)2016 Championship position = 2nd (1821 pts)
Shane Van Gisbergen (born 9 May 1989) is a professional motor racing driver from Auckland, New Zealand. Van Gisbergen currently drives the #97 Holden VF Commodore for Triple Eight Race Engineering in the Australian-based International V8 Supercars Championship. Van Gisbergen has also forged a successful GT career, including multiple entries in the 24 Hours of Daytona for Alex Job Racing and competing in the Blancpain Endurance Series for McLaren with Von Ryan Racing and Garage 59. Van Gisbergen, with Álvaro Parente and Jonathon Webb, also won the 2016 Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour for Tekno Autosports.
- 1 New Zealand racing history
- 2 V8 Supercars
- 3 GT racing
- 4 Career results
- 5 Gallery
- 6 References
- 7 External links
New Zealand racing history
After competing in Motocross, Quarter Midgets and karts from 1998 to 2004, Van Gisbergen placed third in the 2004/2005 New Zealand Formula First Championship and won the associated Rookie of the Year award. Van Gisbergen had previously obtained a Speedsport Star of Tomorrow Scholarship. A win in the 2005/06 New Zealand Formula Ford Championship was accompanied by another Rookie of the Year title and was followed by a second-place finish in the 2006/07 Toyota Racing Series.
In 2014, Shane co-drove to the BNT NZ Supertourers Hankook Super Series championship with primary driver Simon Black. Shane won 7 of the 9 races in total of the Endurance rounds including sweeping the entire Fuchs 500 weekend at Pukekohe Park Raceway with winning race #3 in spectacular fashion driving from 1 lap down.
Van Gisbergen became the 200th driver to start a race in a V8 Supercar at the Jim Beam 400 at Oran Park Raceway in Round 8 of 2007. Driving for Team Kiwi Racing, Van Gisbergen finished the first race in 20th position before improving to 13th for race 2 but then dropped down to 23rd in race 3. Having impressed in his 2007 races, Van Gisbergen was picked up by Stone Brothers Racing in 2008. He would continue with the team for five seasons until 2012, securing a best of fourth in the championship in 2011. In late 2012, he announced a retirement from V8 Supercars, before controversially moving to Tekno Autosports for the start of the 2013 season. The move to Tekno proved fruitful, with Van Gisbergen finishing runner-up in the championship in 2014.
Van Gisbergen has also shown strong pace at the series' most famous race, the Bathurst 1000. He was in the lead in the 2009 Bathurst 1000 until pitting on lap 108 when his car would not start, resulting in a 1:14 pit stop and losing him a number of positions in the race. A near-identical issue repeated itself in the 2014 edition, where - with 10 laps to go - he stalled and the starter motor failed, costing him almost certain victory. Van Gisbergen had started the 2014 race from pole position, his first at the event.
In 2016, Van Gisbergen moved to the successful Triple Eight Race Engineering team, alongside two of the most successful drivers in series history; Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes. Van Gisbergen won his first race for the team at the Tasmania SuperSprint in 2016, which was also Holden's 500th win in championship history.
Through his connections with Tekno Autosports sponsor Tony Quinn, Van Gisbergen's first foray into GT racing was a guest co-drive in Quinn's team in the 2013 Australian GT Championship. In 2014, he entered both the 24 Hours of Daytona and the Bathurst 12 Hour for the first time, the latter again in partnership with Quinn, this time in a McLaren. His Daytona entry was with Alex Job Racing, where he finished 26th overall and sixth in the GTD class. He returned to Daytona in 2015 and 2016 with the team.
Having impressed in previous outings, in 2015 he entered the Blancpain Endurance Series in a McLaren 650S GT3 run by Von Ryan Racing. Racing in conjunction with his V8 Supercars commitments, he was forced to miss one round due to a date clash, however achieved two victories in the four races he entered. The team was dissolved after the 2015 season, and for the 2016 season, Van Gisbergen moved to McLaren's new Garage 59 team. He will once again miss the final round of the championship at the Nürburgring in Germany due to the Sandown 500 V8 Supercar race being held on the same weekend. As of 25 June 2016, Van Gisbergen leads the 2016 Blancpain Endurance Series having won the 3 Hours of Monza, finishing 6th in the 3 Hours of Silverstone before winning the 1000 km Paul Ricard on 25 June.
Through his McLaren and Tekno Autosports connections, he drove one of Tekno's factory-supported McLaren 650S GT3s at the 2016 Bathurst 12 Hour. In qualifying on Saturday, Van Gisbergen set the fastest ever officially recorded lap of the Mount Panorama Circuit to achieve pole position. He went on to set the fastest ever race lap on the way to securing victory alongside Álvaro Parente and Jonathon Webb.
Complete Blancpain Endurance Series results
|2015||Von Ryan Racing||Pro||McLaren 650S GT3||MON
|2016||Garage 59||Pro||McLaren 650S GT3||MON
* Season still in progress.
Complete Intercontinental GT Challenge Series results
|2016||Tekno Autosports||AP||McLaren 650S GT3||BAT
* Season still in progress.
Complete Bathurst 12 Hour results
|2013||VIP Petfoods Racing|| Matt Kingsley
|Porsche 997 GT3-R||A||267||3||3|
|2014||Darrell Lea|| Andrew Kirkaldy
|McLaren MP4-12C GT3||A||296||4||4|
|2016||Tekno Autosports|| Álvaro Parente
|McLaren 650S GT3||AP||297||1||1|
Complete 24 Hours of Daytona results
|2014||Alex Job Racing|| Cooper MacNeil
|Porsche 911 GT America||GTD||656||26th||8th|
|2015||Alex Job Racing|| Cooper MacNeil
|Porsche 911 GT America||GTD||704||12th||2nd|
|2016||Alex Job Racing|| David MacNeil
|Porsche GT3 R||GTD||695||28th||13th|
Complete Spa 24 Hours results
|2014||Von Ryan Racing|| Tim Mullen
|McLaren MP4-12C GT3||Pro Cup||40||DNF||DNF|
|2015||Von Ryan Racing|| Robert Bell
|McLaren 650S GT3||Pro Cup||457||29th||13th|
- "SVG leads McLaren to Bathurst 12 Hour victory". Speedcafe. 7 February 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
- Current CV at www.shanevangisbergen.com Retrieved on 15 October 2010
- "Van Gisbergen to join new McLaren GT team". Speed Cafe. 9 March 2016. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
- McLaren takes win at Paul Ricard
- "Shane van Gisbergen puts Tekno McLaren on Bathurst 12 Hour pole". Autosport. 6 February 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
- Official Shane Van Gisbergen Website
- Shane Van Gisbergen 200th V8 Supercar driver
- Toyota Racing Series
|Winner of the Clipsal 500