Kiwi ace not worried by recent dry spell
SHANE Van Gisbergen says he isn’t frustrated about not having posted a race win since the opening round of the 2018 V8 Supercars season.
Van Gisbergen dominated the Adelaide season opener, winning both races and while he remains second in the standings, he hasn’t been on the top of the podium since March.
But the New Zealand native isn’t worried about the period between victories ahead of this weekend’s round seven event at Winton Raceway.
“We’re still in the points and having some good results,” he said.
“We’ve had a few issues but we’ve worked through them.
“It’s all part of it – you need to come through adversity and while we are there we just need to get a little bit quicker every week.”
Given the last round was held in the warmer weather of Perth, drivers have been forced to acclimatise to the cooler Victorian weather in the North East.
But that isn’t a problem for Van Gisbergen who returned home to New Zealand last week where tem- peratures were even colder than they will be at Winton this weekend.
Van Gisbergen took out a race win in 2017 at Winton and said while results were solid so far this year, he was keen to step up this weekend.
“It can always be better but it feels good,” he said.
“The cars are quite nice this year and every week we feel like we’re moving forward.
“I think we are in with a good shot.”
On his chances of taking out the overall championship come the end of the season, Van Gisbergen said he was well placed to mount a challenge but was aware he wasn’t the only one capable of going all the way.
“There are probably six to eight cars that are always fast and then there are a couple of cars that are smokies,” he said.
“It’ll be interesting but that’s the great thing about our series at the moment – there are so many quick cars but there are a couple that are really fast.
“As long as we keep pushing and make sure we are one of those cars the points will keep coming in.”