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Van Gisbergen extends Triple Eight contract

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Van Gisbergen extends Triple Eight contract
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Shane van Gisbergen will be a Red Bull Holden driver until at least the end of the 2019 season, after adding a year to his contract with Supercars powerhouse Triple Eight.

Shane van Gisbergen, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden
Shane van Gisbergen, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden
Shane van Gisbergen, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden
 Shane van Gisbergen, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden
Podium: third place Shane van Gisbergen, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden
 Mark Winterbottom, Prodrive Racing Australia Ford, Shane van Gisbergen, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden

The Kiwi, who joined Triple Eight from Tekno Autosports for the 2016 season and won his maiden Supercars title in the same year, has made an early commitment to the team beyond the end of his current contract.

That means he'll be with Triple Eight for at least the first full year of the V6 twin turbo era, expected to be 2019.

“I’m really happy to be staying with the Red Bull Holden Racing Team for another year,” said van Gisbergen.

“The first two seasons have been great, especially with the championship win last year.

“I definitely feel I’ve come on a lot over the last couple of years and Triple Eight is a great place to be. I’ve got an awesome team around me and I’m enjoying racing more than ever, so it made sense to keep that going.

“With the next-gen Commodore coming next year and the V6 twin-turbo engine in 2019, it’s a really exciting time to be part of the factory Holden team.”

According to Triple Eight boss Roland Dane, retaining van Gisbergen was a no-brainer.

“Shane has developed enormously since joining Triple Eight at the beginning of 2016 and we’re looking forward to seeing what we will achieve together in the years to come.

“We never had a moment of hesitation in extending our contract with Shane, he has proved his ability both on and off the track and he settled in to the Triple Eight way of life very quickly.”

Van Gisbergen's re-signing follows Craig Lowndes' contract extension signed earlier this year, which also keeps the veteran in a Triple Eight seat until the end of 2019. 

Six-time Supercars champ Jamie Whincup's current deal with the team expires at the end of next season.

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