Beyond The Red Line Exclusive Interview – Shane Van Gisbergen

June 3, 2011

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Q. Shane, congratulations on your first V8 Supercars race win! How were your emotions as you crossed the line?

A. I’ve never had so much support and people cheering for me – it was such a cool moment when we crossed the line and something I’ll remember for a long time to come. Something to look forward to for next time that’s for sure!

Q. The home fans were going crazy, what does it mean to you to be the first New Zealander to win the Hamilton event?

A. It means a huge amount to me. There are already a few big names on the Mark Porter Trophy, but not only that, I first started going to Pukekohe in the days where Greg Murphy was dominating there and to be the one on the other side of the fence getting cheered on was an awesome feeling. Hopefully it took away a lot of negative press that was around the event leading up to it and helped to put a positive spin on it all.

Q. How much confidence has this win given you for the rest of the season? Do you think you could land the Championship?

A. It was only one race, but of course it has given me a lot more confidence in myself and the team that we can do the job. We have to improve our qualifying week to week if we want to be real championship contenders but this is a good start.

Q. Many people have been throwing the word ‘potential’ around for a while. You’re only 21, but were you feeling any pressure to get that maiden win?

A. Not really.

Q. Since breaking into the category you have been a fan favourite with your aggressive driving, and  people will be talking about your battle with Jamie Whincup on the Gold Coast for years to come. What was it like to battle such a Champion of the sport?

A. It was a great race. One of my favourite ones so far in my career. Jamie is such a good driver and he has great racecraft. We raced hard but we raced fairly and gave each other room when we needed to. It was the first time I had come across him for the lead and raced like that and I definately now know why he is a two time champion.

Q. Speaking of breathtaking moments – Turn 8 at the Clipsal 500. What was going through your head as you went through the corner sideways at 200km/h??

A. Stuff like that seems to happen all the time but this occasion was the one caught on camera. In the wet it was a lot faster to slide through there so I had to do that each lap which was quite fun!

Q. You seem so comfortable going sideways, is this from your days karting?

A. I don’t think it’s necessarily from karting. I did a lot of stuff when I was younger like speedway and Quad racing and also a lot of paddock stuff so that is probably more relevant. Karting was more about sticking to the conventional line. I like to slide the car and explore the tyre limits but at the same time it’s hard on tyres and sometimes not the fastest way so in some races and corners you have to change your style a little to suit. Plus it is a lot of fun.

Q. As a kid growing up, did you always feel you would become a professional driver?

A. Yeah, being a V8 Supercar driver was always what I wanted to be and I aimed for that.

Q. You’re so young but have achieved so much already, what would you say to a young racer who dreams of being where you are one day?

A. You have to devote your life to it and make it your only goal because you have to commit so much of your time and skill’s to achieve it. But once you get there it is all worth it that’s for sure!

And finally..

Q. Any car on any track in world, what would you choose? And why!!??

A. I wouldn’t mind having a go in a Tranzam car and I’d probably drive at Taupo NZ, they are such awesome cars plenty of power and grip plus on a track like Taupo where you need to be smooth and calculated in some sections and aggressive in others – I think would definatly be a rewarding place to drive!

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