SBR YOUNG GUN VAN GISBERGEN BACK IN SP TOOLS V8 FALCON THIS WEEKEND SP Tools Racing's Shane van Gisbergen is back in Australia and ready for the fourth round of the 2008 V8 Supercar series at Perth's Barbagallo Raceway after a break with family...
SBR YOUNG GUN VAN GISBERGEN BACK IN SP TOOLS V8 FALCON THIS WEEKEND
SP Tools Racing's Shane van Gisbergen is back in Australia and ready for the fourth round of the 2008 V8 Supercar series at Perth's Barbagallo Raceway after a break with family and friends back in Auckland.
Van Gisbergen visits Barbagallo Raceway for the first time this weekend and is looking to learn from teammate James Courtney who was in a similar situation just two years ago.
The SP Tools Racing driver kept his eye in over the break, entering a Formula Vee endurance event at Manfield. While he had some fun and was in contention before mechanical failure cut his race short, the young Kiwi driver is keener than ever to get back into the SP Tools Racing Falcon and continue his V8 Supercar learning curve.
Shane van Gisbergen, #9, SP Tools Racing
"Barbagallo is another new circuit for me so I will be putting my head down and learning what I can from the data and from James.
"SBR has had quick cars over in Perth in the last few years so I'm looking forward to getting onto the track and getting up to speed.
"I've had a great break in New Zealand since Hamilton. I competed in a Formula Vee race at Manfield and spent some time with family and friends. Now I am keener than ever to get back in the SP Tools Racing Falcon."
Meanwhile Stone Brothers Racing teammate, JELD-WEN Motorsport's James Courtney will debut SBR's new BF Ford Falcon at the meeting.
Work on the new chassis was stepped up following Courtney's heavy crash at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide, with the final pieces put into place last week upon the SBR crew's return from New Zealand.
A 20-lap shakedown of the new car at Queensland Raceway last Thursday went smoothly, with Courtney extremely positive about the number-four BF Falcon.
Courtney has shown good speed at the 2.42km West Australian circuit in his two previous starts at the venue but engine and mechanical failures have put paid to good results.
The JELD-WEN Motorsport driver is looking to continue his current form following his third place podium finish at the Hamilton 400 three weeks ago.
The SP Tools Racing and JELD-WEN Motorsport Falcons will be on track on Friday at 12:50pm for practice. Qualifying and race one will follow on Saturday with the final two races on Sunday.
James Courtney, #4, JELD-WEN Motorsport
"The shakedown on the JELD-WEN Motorsport Falcon last week went really well. We had absolutely no dramas.
"The track condition was pretty dirty but the performance was definitely there.
"We've had good speed but bad luck at Barbagallo the last couple of years but we are definitely in a position to continue with the podium finishes.
"We have 11 rounds to catch the guys at the front of the Championship so we need podiums and every point from here on."