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Shane Van Gisbergen confirmed as McLaren factory driver for 2016

McLaren GT has confirmed that Shane Van Gisbergen will stay on as a factory driver for the 2016 season.

MCLAREN GT HAS confirmed that Shane Van Gisbergen will keep his seat in the 650S GT3 for 2016 as a factory driver (with a McLaren GT customer team) at selected races across Europe. The Kiwi-born V8 Supercar driver will also contend the V8 Supercar season.

Shane Van Gisbergen, Factory Driver, McLaren GT said: “It is an awesome opportunity to be a McLaren GT Factory Driver again this season. 2015 was a great year for me with race wins in the Blancpain Endurance Series and Australian GT. The 650S GT3 has been improving every time I drive it, and I am looking forward to 2016 and hoping again for an enjoyable and successful year of racing.”

Andrew Kirkaldy, Managing Director, McLaren GT, said: “I am really pleased to confirm that Shane will race in a McLaren again in 2016 after such a strong debut season. He has proved himself as one of the quickest drivers on any grid since joining us last year, and his record of results speaks for itself. The Blancpain Endurance Series is one of the toughest on the calendar, so to compete so competitively, and take two victories is a huge result. The recent performance in Bathurst with Tekno Autosports reinforced what we already knew about him, and underlined the level of talent and ability he has, and we are looking forward to getting back out on track this season and seeing what more we can achieve.”

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Van Gisbergen’s calendar of events will be released in the coming weeks.

 


2 Comments

  1. McF1
    February 27, 2016 at 2:51 pm — Reply

    Bob, in the first paragraph “..will also contend the V8 Supercar season.” Is “contend” meant to be continue? 🙂
    Congratulations to Shane Van Gisbergen becoming a factory driver for McLaren. A magnificent achievement. McLaren would have many options from Europe for the seat, so well done to Shane.
    It was fantastic with Shane winning Bathurst 12 hr, along with Álvaro Parente and Jonathon Webb.

    • McF1
      February 28, 2016 at 2:46 am — Reply

      PS, Disregard the first sentence above. My mind was elsewhere. Contend is good. 🙂

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Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.