Van Gisbergen joins endurance season

Van Gisbergen joins endurance season

Kiwi V8 Supercar driver Shane Van Gisbergen has confirmed a racing partnership with NZ based tyre company Carters Tyre Service which supported by GT Radial New Zealand.  
Van Gisbergen will compete in the popular annual South Island Endurance season, which commenced in September 2013 at the Highlands Motorsport Park.
Since leaving Stone Brothers Racing in 2012, Van Gisbergen has confidently ‘sampled the field’ in the past 12 months – seeing the 25 year old enjoy new experiences behind the wheels and in control of various Drift, Rally, Saloon and competition vehicles.
Building on the long-standing relationship between him and Carters Tyre Service owners Garry, Matt and Dwayne Carter, Van Gisbergen recently spent time at Cromwell’s Highlands Motorsport Park in the driver’s seat familiarising himself with the teams GT Radial Ford Falcon which will contest the South Island Endurance Season for 2013/2014.
“It’s great to allow Shane the opportunity to keep driving here in NZ – it’s his home, it’s his sport and he’s only just reaching his prime now,” says team owner Garry Carter.
“Watching Shane drive the car is inspiring, and it’s a great lift for the team.  Shane’s in his element on that track and we love that he’s happy – so naturally we’ve welcomed him with open arms to share the season with us.”
Carters Tyre Service has supported many of Van Gisbergen’s campaigns in New Zealand based motorsport – the latest being his 2013 title fight for the V8 Super Tourer championship, which will soon branch into its own endurance focussed leg in remaining rounds of the season.
“Not only is it good for Shane to be able to do what he loves without the single focus onV8Supercar racing, it’s amazing profile for the South Island based endurance series also,” says Garry Carter.
“Shane has a huge base of passionate and loyal fans down here, young and old that will love being able to see him in action on their home turf.”
Van Gisbergen will balance his involvement in the South Island Endurance Series with his commitment to V8 Supercar team Tekno Racing, his second year of competition in the D1NZ National Drifting Championship and V8SuperTourer season.  No mean feat for any professional driver, but a strong testament to his desire to remain involved and loyal to New Zealand motor racing moving forward in his career, wherever that may take him.

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