Defending Supercars champion Shane van Gisbergen has inked a one-year contract extension with the Triple Eight Race Engineering stable. The 28-year-old will race for the factory Holden squad until at least the end of the 2019 season, his fourth year with the outfit.
After moving from TEKNO Autosport at the end of 2015, van Gisbergen claimed his maiden Drivers’ Championship title in his first year with the outfit, which expanded to a three-car operation in order to sign the New Zealander alongside its established pairing of Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes.
“I’m really happy to be staying with the Red Bull Holden Racing Team for another year,” van Gisbergen said of his new contract.
“The first two seasons have been great, especially with the championship win last year. I definitely feel I’ve come on a lot over the last couple of years and Triple Eight is a great place to be. I’ve got an awesome team around me and I’m enjoying racing more than ever, so it made sense to keep that going.
“With the Next-Gen Commodore coming next year and the V6 twin-turbo engine in 2019, it’s a really exciting time to be part of the factory Holden team.”
“Shane has developed enormously since joining Triple Eight at the beginning of 2016 and we’re looking forward to seeing what we will achieve together in the years to come,” added Triple Eight Managing Director Roland Dane.
“We never had a moment of hesitation in extending our contract with Shane, he has proved his ability both on and off the track and he settled in to the Triple Eight way of life very quickly.”
Van Gisbergen’s teammate Lowndes had also signed a two-year contract extension earlier this year, guaranteeing the team stability as it seeks to stay at the front of the grid. Six-time series champion Whincup is on the team’s roster until at least the end of 2018.
The announcement comes ahead of van Gisbergen’s home round, the ITM Auckland SuperSprint, which takes place at Pukekohe Park Raceway this weekend. Van Gisbergen currently sits fifth overall in the Drivers’ Championship standings, 189 points behind overall leader Whincup, with a maximum of 300 points available over the season’s remaining four races.
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