Van Gisbergen improves in latest speedway outing

Shane van Gisbergen (foreground) in action. Picture: Meeanee Speedway Facebook

Shane van Gisbergen demonstrated improved form in his latest New Zealand speedway outing.

The three-time Supercars champion has been competing on the dirt in his homeland over the summer period.

Last night the Red Bull Ampol Racing driver competed at Napier’s Meeanee Speedway, claiming personal best results.

Van Gisbergen, a Triple Eight Race Engineering Supercars driver since 2016, finished in the top three in Heat 1, before an eighth-place finish in Heat 2.

He then went on to record seventh in the final, with Daniel Thomas claiming top honours.

That seventh-place feature result was the 33-year-old’s best this campaign, after finishes of 14th and ninth at Western Springs Speedway.

Both of those outings were not without drama either, with the Kiwi spinning in his debut event, before his car caught on fire in his second appearance.

He is competing with the #97 on his sprint car, the same number which he competes under in the Repco Supercars Championship.

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Van Gisbergen is not the only Supercars driver taking part in speedway races over the off-season, with Cameron Waters also in action.

That in fact accounts for the top two in the 2022 Drivers’ Championship.

Earlier this week, Waters steered his Chief Racing car at Premier Speedway in Warrnambool, Victoria.

The Tickford Racing driver wound up sixth at the end of the 30-lap Victorian 410 Sprint Car title A-Main.

Waters told Speedcafe.com he feels all the elements of his summer speedway campaign are “coming together” after his latest outing.

It marks the Mildura native’s third consecutive season in sprint cars.

Meanwhile, former Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin has an ownership stake in Hodges Motorsport team, which saw World of Outlaws star James McFadden post his first win in Australia on December 30.

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