Van Gisbergen praises repair effort after crash ‘panic’

Supercars Championship Results, Race 3 winner Shane van Gisbergen has praised his Red Bull Ampol Racing mechanics for turning around the repairs to his car in quick time. Van Gisbergen cruised to victory in the Beaurepaires Melbourne SuperSprint opener, just hours after crashing in Practice 1.

Van Gisbergen praises repair effort after crash 'panic'
Van Gisbergen praises repair effort after crash ‘panic’

The #97 Red Bull Ampol Chevrolet Camaro picked up front and rear damage in a high-speed incident.

Such was the damage, that van Gisbergen was forced on the sidelines for Practice 2, leading to a frantic rush to get out for qualifying.

That he did, van Gisbergen qualifying third for Race 3 before scoring pole — his first of 2023 — for Friday’s race.

Triple Eight boss Jamie Whincup initially feared van Gisbergen had suffered a more significant accident after hearing the driver’s initial radio message.

“He just dropped a wheel coming out of Turn 7 – did a good job actually to keep it pirouetting down the road,” Whincup said.

“He came on the radio and said ‘I’ve had a big crash’, but I expected a lot worse than actually what it was.

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“The guys are here to push hard, find the limits… practice is what it’s all about, so we’ll repair the car and get back out there for the next one.”

Come Race 3, and van Gisbergen passed Anton De Pasquale on lap 3 to pave the way to victory No. 2 of the year.

Van Gisbergen has crossed the line first in all three races this season, having won Race 2 at the Thrifty Newcastle 500.

He was disqualified from Race 1 in Newcastle over a technical breach, with the disqualification made official after Triple Eight’s appeal was dismissed.

“Thanks to my team, Red Bull Ampol Racing,” he said.

“After what I did to the car this morning, tried to write the thing off.

“To fix it it up like they did, then two good qualis and a race win, I’m stoked.”

On the crash, van Gisbergen said: “I didn’t think it was too bad, I didn’t hit the wall hard.

“Then we got back and the front was destroyed. Normally with the old car, you would’ve made it out for Practice 2.

“It was a bit of a panic — ‘Are we were going to make it out for quali, are we not, what’s it going to feel like?’

“For the guys to take their time, make sure it was right, really cool.”

Van Gisbergen is 105 points behind championship leader Chaz Mostert heading into Friday.

Cars will return to the track for the 15-lap Race 3 at 2:55pm local time on Friday.

See more: Van Gisbergen wins Albert Park opener

PROFILE Shane Van Gisbergen

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Shane Van Gisbergen was born to race. From pestering his Dad Robert to buy him a Suzuki ATV at the tender age of five, to signing – at just 17 years of age – a contract to race V8 Supercars for top Ford team Stone Brothers Racing, the constant in his life has been competition.

Raised on the rural fringe of New Zealand’s largest city Auckland, Shane spent his formative years racing ATVs on natural terrain Motocross tracks and a Quarter Midget on speedway ovals before a brief but typically successful dalliance with karts and a year in the Formula First class courtesy New Zealand’s SpeedSport magazine Scholarship programme saw his focus turn to tarmac.

Since then he has been on a fast track to major league Australasian success, winning the New Zealand Formula Ford championship in 2006 and finishing a close second to teammate Daniel Gaunt in the Toyota Racing Series in 2007. Later the same year he signed a long-term driver contract with Stone Brothers Racing, making the V8 Supercar championship debut he has always dreamed about at the Oran Park round in August.

Where does Shane Van Gisbergen come from?

A proud Kiwi, it was in New Zealand where a young van Gisbergen learnt his craft in motocross, midgets and karts before taking the step up into car racing in open wheelers.

What is van Gisbergen driving?

Shane Robert van Gisbergen (born 9 May 1989) is a New Zealand racing driver in the Supercars Championship racing in the Number 97 Holden ZB Commodore car for Triple Eight Race Engineering.

Where does Shane Van Gisbergen come from?

A proud Kiwi, it was in New Zealand where a young van Gisbergen learnt his craft in motocross, midgets and karts before taking the step up into car racing in open wheelers.

When did Shane Van Gisbergen start v8 supercars?

It is now more than a decade since van Gisbergen burst onto the Supercars scene with Team Kiwi in the middle of 2007.

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