The Kiwi has been nursing the accidents since a mountain bike crash last month, with an aggressive restoration course of centred round hyperbaric therapy limiting the impact it had on his packed racing schedule.
Remarkably he has solely missed one occasion because the crash, the GT World Problem Australia spherical at Phillip Island.
Two weeks after present process surgical procedure he took three wins from three Supercars races at Sandown, earlier than heading to Mount Panorama one other fortnight later to win a GT race and claim the Bathurst Triple Crown with a win within the six-hour manufacturing automotive race on the identical weekend.
Giving an replace forward of this weekend’s third Supercars spherical of the season at Symmons Plains, van Gisbergen defined his collarbone is essentially ache free.
Nevertheless the identical cannot be mentioned of the damaged ribs, solely discovered after his three wins at Sandown, which proceed to offer him grief.
Regardless of the ache he’s resisting painkillers, to assist chart his restoration with out the masking impact of treatment.
“It was the drive residence that sucked; I drove from Bathurst [to the Gold Coast] in a day in order that wrecked me,” van Gisbergen informed the Supercars web site of his restoration from the Bathurst 6 Hour weekend.
Race winner Shane van Gisbergen, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden
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“The GT automotive damage. My collarbone is okay, that is acquired higher, however my ribs are the painful half. The GT automotive has a full wraparound seat, and simply with the g-forces and the kerbs and bumps, it was hurting my ribs each lap. It most likely set me again somewhat bit however effectively value it.
“I finished taking ache killers after Sandown which was good, it helped me know the place I used to be at. You realize if you’re getting higher and higher.
“It has been fairly painful, however actually now… it does not damage as a lot to cough or snort. However nonetheless getting off the bed and shifting round, [the ribs are] very nonetheless sore.
“Ribs are one thing I’ve by no means actually damaged earlier than and I do not suggest it, they don’t seem to be enjoyable.”
Van Gisbergen was given a slight reprieve in his restoration when the Symmons Plains Supercars spherical was postponed by every week on account of a coronavirus scare in Queensland.
He leads the sequence by a exceptional 150 factors because of an unbeaten run in 2021, whereas his profitable streak is six races lengthy when final yr’s Bathurst 1000 is taken into consideration.