The Kiwi wrapped up the 2021 title in Sydney final weekend, the Sunday wash-out leaving his 349-point lead unassailable heading to the season-closing Bathurst 1000.
Reflecting on the ramifications of getting the title sewn up early, van Gisbergen reckons it is a large increase for his hopes of a second consecutive Bathurst win along with endurance co-driver Garth Tander.
He says the pair can now run a extra aggressive technique to go for victory, reasonably than needing to be conservative to financial institution sufficient factors for the title.
“None, anymore,” mentioned van Gisbergen when requested concerning the stress of Bathurst.
“It is good, I can loosen up about it now. I can have a pair days to let this soak in after which concentrate on Bathurst.
“I feel probably the most relieved man is Garth. It is powerful for the co-drivers, they have not executed sufficient miles, any of them. For him to only go and do his personal prep and construct up as he goes… even within the race he can get extra snug and concentrate on successful.
“For us, we’re not going to must strategise round staying out of hassle. We’re going there purely for the race win with each vehicles.
“It is going to be extra intense, in all probability, going for the win. However it will likely be extra satisfying.”
Shane van Gisbergen, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden
Picture by: Dirk Klynsmith / Motorsport Images
Van Gisbergen and Tander will head to the Mountain as one of many outright favourites.
Crew-mates Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes can even be within the hunt at what will likely be Whincup’s farewell as a full-time driver.
The group of pre-race favourites can even embody in-form Anton De Pasquale and Dick Johnson Racing co-driver Tony D’Alberto, whereas Tickford’s Cam Waters was the pacesetter finally yr’s Nice Race.
The Bathurst 1000 week kicks off on 30 November with the race itself on 5 December.
2021 Bathurst 1000 entry listing
|Dick Johnson Racing||Anton De Pasquale||Tony D’Alberto||Ford Mustang GT|
|Dick Johnson Racing||Will Davison||Alex Davison||Ford Mustang GT|
|Triple Eight Race Engineering||Jamie Whincup||Craig Lowndes||Holden ZB Commodore|
|Triple Eight Race Engineering||Shane van Gisbergen||Garth Tander||Holden ZB Commodore|
|Triple Eight Race Engineering||Broc Feeney||Russell Ingall||Holden ZB Commodore|
|Tickford Racing||Jack Le Brocq||Zak Finest||Ford Mustang GT|
|Tickford Racing||Cam Waters||James Moffat||Ford Mustang GT|
|Tickford Racing||James Courtney||Thomas Randle||Ford Mustang GT|
|Blanchard Racing Crew||Tim Slade||Tim Blanchard||Ford Mustang GT|
|Erebus Motorsport||Will Brown||Jack Perkins||Holden ZB Commodore|
|Erebus Motorsport||Brodie Kostecki||David Russell||Holden ZB Commodore|
|Crew 18||Mark Winterbottom||Michael Caruso||Holden ZB Commodore|
|Crew 18||Scott Pye||James Golding||Holden ZB Commodore|
|Walkinshaw Andretti United||Bryce Fullwood||Warren Luff||Holden ZB Commodore|
|Walkinshaw Andretti United||Chaz Mostert||Lee Holdsworth||Holden ZB Commodore|
|Brad Jones Racing||Jack Smith||David Wall||Holden ZB Commodore|
|Brad Jones Racing||Nick Percat||Dale Wooden||Holden ZB Commodore|
|Brad Jones Racing||Todd Hazelwood||Dean Fiore||Holden ZB Commodore|
|Brad Jones Racing||Macauley Jones||Chris Pither||Holden ZB Commodore|
|Kelly Grove Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Matt Campbell||Ford Mustang GT|
|Kelly Grove Racing||David Reynolds||Luke Youlden||Ford Mustang GT|
|Crew Sydney||Fabian Coulthard||Jonathon Webb||Holden ZB Commodore|
|Crew Sydney||Garry Jacobson||Dylan O’Keeffe||Holden ZB Commodore|
|Matt Stone Racing||Jake Kostecki||Kurt Kostecki||Holden ZB Commodore|
|Matt Stone Racing||Zane Goddard||Jayden Ojeda||Holden ZB Commodore|