Shane van Gisbergen to compete in NZ series
Shane van Gisbergen is bringing his hot V8s form home to New Zealand.
The Kiwi driver has signed up for the V8 SuperTourer enduro rounds, fresh off his double win in the Aussie V8 Supercars last weekend.
Van Gisbergen will team with New Zealander Simon Evans - brother of GP2 star Mitch Evans - for the series that starts in Taupo on September 27.
"It's the first time I have ever been a co-driver and it is a different role," van Gisbergen said.
"But it's not about me this year. I have to bring the car home straight and bank the points for Simon."
While it is the first co-drive for the V8 Supercar frontrunner, he has raced alongside Evans on many occasions.
Van Gisbergen and Evans are no strangers. Both went to St Kentigerns College in Auckland together and raced Karts, formula first as well as quarter midget cars as youngsters and are great mates.
They will be a formidable partnership given van Gisbergen's form across the Tasman and Evans' run in this year's sprint series where he pushed Kiwi legend Greg Murphy all the way before settling for second in the overall championship standings.
"Winning (the enduro series) is definitely our goal," van Gisbergen said.
"That is what I am here for. Simon just gets better and better so we are definitely capable. We are looking forward to taking it to Murph and Pedersen."
Evans is also fired up about his prospects.
"Racing is all about tenths of a second and Shane will be good for a couple which will make a massive difference. If we can come out on top or there about, it will set me up with a good shot at the championship," Evans said.
Van Gisbergen's last tilt at the V8 SuperTourer title ended with a blown motor at the Pukekohe grand final in November, where he was poised perfectly to seriously challenge Murphy and Pedersen for the overall title.
He is currently lying fourth in the V8 Supercars, 47 points behind leader Jamie Whincup.
V8 SuperTourer Enduro Series
Round 1 - September 27/28, Taupo 400, Taupo Motorsport Park
Round 2 - November 1/2 - Waikato 400, Hampton Downs
Round 3 - November 29/30 FUCHS 500, Pukekohe, Auckland