Shane Van Gisbergen and Red Bull Ampol Racing have inked a prolonged agreement to race in the Supercars Championship by Repco.
The extension secures the Kiwi’s future with the team he joined in 2016 to at least 10 years.
The Kiwi has a terrific record with the team, having logged two Bathurst 1000s and four titles, including the last two consecutive years.
“Extending with Red Bull Ampol Racing was a no-brainer for me,” said the 66-time race winner.
“It’s certainly exciting to continue with the best team in pit lane and I’m stoked to be able to stay.
“I’ve never been happier at this team.”
Some uncertainty hung over the New Zealander’s future due to concerns with the Gen3 car. He indicated that those challenges influenced him to stay.
“The best thing about our sport is that it’s always evolving,” he said.
“All these challenges we’ve had with the new cars will hopefully work themselves out as we keep updating the cars over the next few events.
“There’s always something to learn and always things to keep getting better at.
“It’s those challenges that keep it fresh, and working with this team to understand those challenges and make the cars better is what I really enjoy.
“I want to thank the team, our partners and our fans for their support. Triple Eight is a cool place to be a part of and I’m looking forward to the future.”
Van Gisbergen has also moonlighted in sportscar racing with Triple Eight Racing and has races across the pond in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2014-2020.
Jamie Whincup, Triple Eight team manager, partnered with Van Gisbergen from 2016 to 2021 and was bullish on the agreement.
“It’s always great news when you have the best driver in the country deciding to put his faith in the team at Triple Eight Race Engineering to give him a fast, reliable race car to showcase his skills,” Whincup said.
“It’s a huge honour that Shane has chosen us to continue that relationship. We will of course continue to invest in him, his support crew, engineering and mechanics, to give him the best equipment to remain competitive in the sport.
“We as a team need the best drivers in the country to showcase our skills. At the end of the day, we’re an engineering company and we pride ourselves on building the best race cars and componentry and representing ourselves in the highest regard.
“One of those factors is that we need someone to get behind the wheel and showcase that work we do and represent the brand and our partners in the highest possible light, and we believe Shane is the best person for that.”