The Kiwi made a close to excellent begin to the 2021 season method again in February with two wins at Mount Panorama, solely to have his title hopes virtually dashed by a mountain bike crash only a fortnight earlier than Spherical 2 at Sandown.
He underwent surgical procedure on a damaged collarbone instantly earlier than starting a fast restoration course of that concerned day by day stints in a hyperbaric chamber.
After testing a BMW manufacturing automotive a number of days earlier than the Sandown spherical he satisfied the group he was match sufficient to race.
Regardless of having to place the steering wheel decrease than standard due to restricted motion he went on to win all three Supercars races that weekend – together with the primary from 17th on the grid.
Reflecting on that a part of the season after wrapping up the title yesterday, van Gisbergen admitted that he fibbed about being able to return to the Supercar after that BMW take a look at.
He additionally stated it was fortunate that medical doctors solely discovered three damaged ribs from the crash after Sandown, as that will have virtually actually dominated him out.
“It was a fairly testy time,” stated van Gisbergen.
“The shoulder won’t ever be the identical once more. I’ve obtained a full-time faux ligament in there and that was most likely the limiting factor.
“I believe I examined a BMW the Tuesday of Sandown and instructed everybody I used to be – however I most likely wasn’t – proper to drive.
“I couldn’t carry my arm up excessive sufficient.
Shane van Gisbergen, Triple Eight Race Engineering
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“However that obtained higher daily. [I was] most likely fortunate we didn’t discover the ribs. I had loads of ache however we didn’t discover that. As a result of if I had identified I had damaged ribs I most likely wouldn’t have been allowed to race.
“It type of labored out nicely.
“That weekend was simply one thing particular and possibly what set all of it up and gave me huge confidence.
“I began studying articles, folks complaining about parity, and, ‘one thing’s not proper there’ and stuff like that.
“We’ve clearly been doing that a few instances the final couple of years in the direction of Scotty [McLaughlin] – it’s the most important praise you may get whenever you’re on the opposite facet of it.
“It was a fairly cool feeling after that weekend doing what we did to everybody. I wasn’t in a great way.
“I had the plate out after Townsville and I’m so much higher since then. However yeah, I’ll by no means be the identical once more.”
The Sandown success got here as a part of a outstanding profitable streak for van Gisbergen that began on the 2020 Bathurst 1000 and likewise included the 2021 New Zealand Grand Prix and the Bathurst 6 Hour in the identical BMW manufacturing automotive.
His run of Supercars success solely ended seven races into the season – with as second place at Symmons Plains.
He is since elevated his Supercars win tally to 14 this 12 months, which helped him wrap up the 2021 crown with a spherical to spare.