SVG begins Sebring 12 Hour challenge

Shane van Gisbergen will pilot the WeatherTech Racing Mercedes at Sebring

Supercars champion Shane van Gisbergen will begin his maiden assault on the famous Sebring 12 Hours today.

The Red Bull Holden Racing Team driver will rejoin the American WeatherTech Racing squad to pilot a GTD specification Mercedes AMG GT3 in the prestigious sportscar race.

Van Gisbergen will again share the AMG GT3 with Americans Cooper MacNeil and Gunnar Jeanette for the once around the clock endurance, having joined the duo for January’s Daytona 24 Hours.

The Kiwi has never experienced the 6.02km Sebring International Raceway prior to this weekend’s race after being unable to attend the test day.

In a bid to fast track his learning process, the Clipsal 500 winner has been spending plenty of time on the simulator before heading to America this week.

“I have been doing a lot of laps on the iRacing simulator,” said van Gisbergen.

“Also some footage from the test.

“When I get to the track on Wednesday I will be doing a track walk with the guys so that as soon as I hit the track on Thursday I will be able to get straight up to speed.

“My initial thoughts is that it looks very bumpy, but fun. I hope we have good shock absorbers.”

Van Gisbergen is set to log his first laps at the venue later today, while the race is scheduled to begin 2340 Saturday night AEDT.

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