Shane van Gisbergen will contest next month's New Zealand Grand Prix – if there's a relaxation of border restrictions between NZ and Australia.
The reigning Bathurst 1000 winner, who is currently spending the Supercars off-season in his native NZ, has inked a deal to join the Toyota Racing Series for a one-off appearance at the Grand Prix.
The agreement follows a recent test for van Gisbergen in one of the current FT-60 cars at Hampton Downs.
However the deal will require Queensland joining the New Zealand/Australia travel bubble before then.
Van Gisbergen is currently due back at Triple Eight Race Engineering in Brisbane on February 5, ahead of the pre-season Supercars test on February 14.
As it stands all NZ arrivals into Queensland must undergo 14 days of hotel quarantine, which would rule van Gisbergen out of the January 23-24 Grand Prix.
That will change if Queensland joins the Northern Territory and New South Wales in the trans-Tasman bubble between now and then.
“Shane is one of New Zealand’s greatest drivers and ambassadors of the modern era and will be a massive drawcard for the first running of the New Zealand Grand Prix at Hampton Downs, which we’ve coined the Race of Champions,” Hampton Downs chief operating officer Josie Spillane said.
“Hampton Downs has been working hard behind the scenes to deliver several NZ champions for the event and we are delighted Shane has stepped up and committed despite the COVID cloud hanging over the final outcome.
“If we put everything in life on hold until we know what is happening with COVID, we’d do nothing. So we commit, we put in the hard yards and we hope that New Zealand and Australia continue their success in their battle with COVID, and that results in an open border with Queensland.”