Kiwi ace not wor­ried by re­cent dry spell

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Sport - V8 SU­PER­CARS By JEREMY WIL­SON

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.”

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