Shane van Gisbergen explains his V8 quit backflip

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Wednesday 23rd January, 2013 - 6:49pm

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New Tekno Autosports driver Shane van Gisbergen

New Tekno Autosports driver Shane van Gisbergen

Shane van Gisbergen says that a six week holiday and some recharged batteries gave him the motivation to backflip on his plan to quit V8 Supercars.

The talented 23-year-old New Zelander announced today that he will drive for Tekno Autosports, steering the #97 VIP Petfoods-backed Commodore VF.

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Van Gisbergen’s decision comes eight weeks after he quit the sport for personal reasons, however, some quiet time in his homeland and a solid offer from Tekno made him change his mind.

“Towards the end of last year, I started to lose motivation. The environment wasn’t right and I was struggling to remember why I was racing,” van Gisbergen said in a statement released by Holden Motorsport this evening.

“It wasn’t a great mindset to be in, so I made the decision to take a break.

“I spent six weeks back home and was able to recharge my batteries. I had a good hard think about my career and considered my options.

“As part of that, I decided that if I was going to return, I needed a fresh challenge in a new environment, and this is exactly the opportunity I was looking for.

“Tekno Autosports is one of the sport’s up-and-coming teams, and (team owners) Jonathon and Kobe Webb have built a really strong, tight knit team, with guys like (team manager) Bruce Jenkins.

“Tekno has great staff, and the equipment and resources that you need to win races.”

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