Shane Van Gisbergen, whose Twitter bio simply reads “race everything”, has developed a cult following in Australia & New Zealand thanks to exploits in the V8 Supercar Championship. Having just smashed the lap record on his way to victory in the Bathurst 12 Hour, this collection of fun YouTube clips helps demonstrate why SVG is one of the most exciting drivers in any racing series.
Having done some competitive drifting, Van Gisbergen enjoys a good victory celebration, but he also puts on a similar show during routine in-laps back to the pits and on unproductive test days.
SIGNALLING TO OTHER DRIVERS
In this video Van Gisbergen gives David Reynolds a cheeky thumbs up as he nails an overtaking manoeuvre into a 200kph corner.
DRIVING ON THE GRASS
Although most drivers seek out puddles to cool wet tyres on a drying track surface, SVG took it a step further during two separate races in 2015 and actually dropped wheels on the grass.
RELAXED BEHIND THE WHEEL
In-car cameras have previously caught Shane resting his hands on the steering wheel down straights as if he was waiting at traffic lights, and they’ve also captured this rather relaxed way of changing down gears with the back of his hand.
More than anything else, Van Gisbergen is an assertive racer who is capable of producing exciting battles like this.