Van Gisbergen focussed on winning 2015 title

Shane van Gisbergen says his impending move to Triple Eight won’t distract him from fighting for this year’s V8 Supercar title.

The talented Kiwi currently drivers for single-car team Tekno Autosports, in a Triple Eight-built Holden Commodore. But it has already been announced that he will become a full-blown Triple Eight driver for 2016, joining Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup to form a three-car team.

What isn’t yet known is whether Triple Eight will buy a new Racing Entitlements Contract for van Gisbergen’s entry – with a new REC currently up for tender – or take over the Tekno entry and simply run it in-house.

Regardless of how the deal will be set-up, van Gisbergen insists that the news isn’t a distraction, and that his highest priority remains beating his soon-to-be-teammates to the 2015 title.

"I'm definitely excited about it," he told Motorsport.com.

I know we can maybe have that number one at the end of the year.

Shane van Gisbergen

"We work closely [with Triple Eight] now, but not as closely as people tend to think. The car we have is completely different.

"It should be cool next year, but this year we have a pretty realistic chance of taking it to them, so… I'm excited about next year, but this year I'm still pushing hard for Tekno because I know we can maybe have that number one at the end of the year. It could all come together.

"But next year will be a pretty cool step as well."

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Series Supercars
Drivers Craig Lowndes , Jamie Whincup , Shane van Gisbergen
Teams Tekno Autosports
Article type Breaking news