Consistency paying off for Shane van Gisbergen

DAVID LONG
Last updated 05:00 31/08/2014
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TOP FORM: Kiwi driver Shane van Gisbergen is pleased with his performances in the V8 Supercars championship this year.

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Shane van Gisbergen says he's reaping the rewards for being Mr Consistent in the V8 Supercars series this season.

The New Zealand driver won both of the Saturday races in a wet Sydney last weekend and outside a bad round in Perth, he has finished in the top 10 in the last 16 races. That's an impressive statistic, especially when considering that Mark Winterbottom, who's second in the championship, has failed to finish in the top 10 in the last four races.

"We did have one bad round, in Perth, where we struggled all weekend, but other than that a bad round has been finishing 10th, so we're doing well in that respect," Van Gisbergen told Sunday News.

"To keep scoring points we need to be in the sharp end of the top 10 and we're seeming to be able to do that more consistently, which is definitely an improvement.

"We would have liked to have done better on Sunday for sure, we ended up seventh, which is still pretty good points, but after winning the two races on Saturday we expected a little more.

"We've moved up a few spots and I'm back into fourth, so it's exciting times leading into the endurance series."

Van Gisbergen wouldn't make any predictions on where he could finish up on the championship. He currently has 1778 points, 247 points behind the leader, Jamie Whincup, and potentially could have 900 more if he was to win every race at the three endurance rounds coming up.

"The endurance races really will tell us and we'll see what happens," he said. "I've got no idea where we'll end up, but if we can keep on moving forward that would be great. "I'm content that we have a good co-driver in Jonathon Webb and that's definitely our advantage."

Meanwhile, Van Gisbergen is pleased to see another New Zealand team entering V8 Supercars at Bathurst, with Super Black Racing being given a wildcard for big race and selecting Andre Heimgartner and Ant Pedersen as their drivers, as well as intending to have a licence for all of 2015.

"I think it's great, my first start was with Team Kiwi and any New Zealand team coming into this is a good thing," he said.

"By the sounds of it their moto is to get the best drivers who don't necessarily have the most money.

"If it's done right it will be a good thing for New Zealand motor sport."

However, Van Gisbergen said it may be a mistake by the team not to race at Sandown in a couple of weeks, which is the usual build up race for Bathurst.

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"I would have liked to have seen them do Sandown as well, because jumping into Bathurst is a big ask," he said.

"Ant has done Bathurst so he should be all right, but Andre is pretty green and I don't think he's driven the new type of Supercar.

"They're both reasonable drivers and it will be interesting to see how they go, but I'll definitely be supporting them and hoping they get a good result."

Meanwhile, the schedule for the 2105 season is to be announced in the next couple of weeks and it is expected that the round in Pukekohe will be the only race outside of Australia.

- Sunday News

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