Shane van Gisbergen to stay with SBR

VAN GISBERGEN RE-SIGNS WITH SBR UNTIL 2012 Stone Brothers Racing held an official press conference in Hamilton this morning to announce that Shane van Gisbergen has re-signed with the Ford backed team until the end of 2012. The re-sign comes at...

VAN GISBERGEN RE-SIGNS WITH SBR UNTIL 2012

Stone Brothers Racing held an official press conference in Hamilton this morning to announce that Shane van Gisbergen has re-signed with the Ford backed team until the end of 2012. The re-sign comes at the turning point of van Gisbergen's career having secured three podium finishes in the 2010 V8 Supercar season so far.

New Zealand born van Gisbergen made his rise to V8 Supercars at the tender age of 18 making his debut at Oran Park in 2008, driving the Stone Brothers Racing backed Team Kiwi entry. Since then van Gisbergen, who still remains the youngest full time driver in V8 Supercars has been classed as 'hot property' with many keeping an eye on the young prodigy.

Today's announcement also confirmed that the SP Tools brand will continue on as naming rights sponsor of the #9 SP Tools Racing Falcon until the end of 2012.

Shane van Gisbergen- Driver, SP Tools Racing #9

"This is what my dad and I have been aiming for, we've been getting better and better and have really settled in with the team over the years. The results have started to come so when it came time to look at my future there was no reason to leave SBR.

"We had options from other teams but it never really entered my mind to make the switch, I am getting more confident every race meeting and it's all looking pretty good.

"To sign up for at least another two years is really exciting, there is great stability in the team and I know the results will keep coming.

"Money was never really a factor in my decision to re-sign with SBR, I am only 20 years old and for me this is all about winning a Championship. It doesn't matter to me what I'm getting paid, I get to race cars for a living and I couldn't be happier."

Ross Stone - SBR Team Principal

"We are thrilled to have Shane join the team for another two seasons, we have invested a lot in his career over the past few years and it's great to be at a point where we are achieving what we knew he was always capable of.

"Shane definitely had offers from other teams but he is extremely loyal to SBR and like us isn't looking to break the chemistry in the team.

"Although by nature Shane is relatively reserved, when the helmet goes on he commands the respect of his fellow competitors for his consistent speed and great car control, particularly in wet conditions."

"It's great to have SP Tools on board with us as naming rights of the #9 car for another two seasons. The SP brand has been with us since SBR began in 1998 which makes them our longest running team partner. Our relationship with SP Tools is a long one and a strong one."

This weekend van Gisbergen will contest in the Hamilton ITM 400 in front of a home crowd.

-source: sbr

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Series Supercars
Drivers Shane van Gisbergen , Ross Stone