Van Gisbergen extends Triple Eight contract
Shane van Gisbergen has inked a one-year contract extension with Triple Eight Race Engineering.
The new agreement will keep van Gisbergen at the Red Bull Holden Racing Team until at least the end of 2019, which will be his fourth season with the team.
The New Zealander is the current Supercars champion, a feat which he achieved in his very first season with Triple Eight.
“I’m really happy to be staying with the Red Bull Holden Racing Team for another year,” said van Gisbergen.
“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.”
Triple Eight Managing Director Roland Dane, who made the decision to expand to a three-car operation in order to sign van Gisbergen, said that the decision to renew the agreement was an easy one.
“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,” said 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.”
Earlier this year, team-mate Craig Lowndes signed a two-year deal which takes the decade-plus Triple Eight employee to at least the end of 2019 with the team.
The deals mean that Jamie Whincup’s contract has the most imminent expiry at Triple Eight, with the six-time Supercars champion currently committed until at least the end of next year.
Van Gisbergen joined Triple Eight from Tekno Autosports, where he spent three years in a VF Commodore.
He debuted at Oran Park in 2007, with Team Kiwi Racing, before spending five years at Stone Brothers Racing.
The 28-year-old is currently fifth in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, which continues this weekend at the ITM Auckland Super Sprint.