A new year brings new beginnings for Shane van Gisbergen, joining Red Bull Racing Australia after a successful three years at TEKNO Autosport.
The highly talented New Zealander added a further two pole positions and two wins to his career tally last year, and is hopeful that his move to the powerhouse Holden team will be his best chance of a title.
Van Gisbergen started racing in his native homeland via Formula First New Zealand, and went on to win the 2005 New Zealand Formula Ford Championship. He narrowly missed out on winning the Toyota Racing Series NZ championship the following year.
After impressing several team owners with his talents, Van Gisbergen burst onto the V8 Supercars scene with Team Kiwi Racing in the middle of 2007. During a torrentially wet weekend of racing at Oran Park, Van Gisbergen finished 13th in one of the races and set the third-fastest lap in another.
Stone Brothers Racing became Van Gisbergen?s home from 2008 through to the end of 2012. In the early stages of his career, he demonstrated brilliant car control ? especially in the wet weather.
As the New Zealander matured, his performances on-track became far more consistent ? and he teetered on the brink of victory for a few seasons. Van Gisbergen broke through for his maiden win in the rain on New Zealand?s Hamilton Street circuit in 2011.
The win was a typical demonstration of Van Gisbergen?s wet-weather driving prowess. He negotiated the challenging track conditions with style, and his victory at home was immensely popular with the patriotic home crowd.
While Van Gisbergen scored more top-10 results in 2012, he was ready for new pastures in 2013 and switched to the TEKNO Autosports Holden outfit.
The change in scenery reinvigorated Van Gisbergen?s enthusiasm and he won on debut with his new team at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, and took Commodore?s historic 400th all-time race win in the final race of the year at the Sydney 500.
His success was amplified in 2014 when he recorded his best year in the sport, taking out five-championship and a further three non-championship races en-route to finishing second in the points.
Bathurst 1000 Stats
Debut: 2007 (BF Falcon with John McIntyre)
Best Result: 6th (2011 with John McIntyre)
2007, Team Kiwi Racing Ford BF Falcon (partial season only): 43rd
2008, Stone Brothers Racing Ford BF Falcon: 15th
2009, Stone Brothers Racing Ford FG Falcon: 12th
2010, Stone Brothers Racing Ford FG Falcon: 6th
2011, Stone Brothers Racing Ford FG Falcon: 4th
2012, Stone Brothers Racing Ford FG Falcon: 6th
2013, VIP Petfoods/Tekno Autosports Holden VF Commodore: 5th
2014, VIP Petfoods/Lucas Oil Tekno Autosports Holden VF Commodore: 2nd
2014, Team Darrel Lea STIX Tekno Autosports Holden VF Commodore: 4th
V8 Supercar Championship Series Stats
Debut: 2007 Oran Park
Event Starts: 120
Race Starts: 274
Race Wins: 11
Other Career Highlights
Winner, New Zealand Formula Ford Championship ? 2005-06
Runner-up, Toyota Racing Series ? 2006-07
Third place, New Zealand Formula Ford Championship ?