Shane van Gisbergen is one of the most celebrated talents in the ultra-competitive V8 Supercars championship. The New Zealander made his series debut at just 18 years of age and is widely tipped to be one of the main challengers for this year’s title.
From the age of five, when he persuaded his father to buy him an ATV, he has been on course for racing stardom. He spent his early life racing ATVs on motocross tracks and quarter midgets on speedway ovals, before enjoying a brief and typically successful stint in karts.
Thanks to a scholarship from SpeedSport magazine, he spent a year honing his road racing skills in the Formula First series, an entry-level category designed to help young karters make the leap to more powerful machines.
From there on out, he continued his meteoric rise through the racing ranks, winning the 2006 New Zealand Formula Ford Championship and finishing a close second in the 2007 Toyota Racing Series. Later that year he signed a contract with Stone Brothers Racing, making his V8 Supercar Championship debut that August at Oran Park.
In 2013, he signed for TEKNO Autosports, racing his Holden VF Comodore to a career-high second in the 2014 championship, winning an impressive eight races along the way.
Our latest Ask a Pro is New Zealander Shane van Gisbergen, V8 Supercars, GT and drift racer. See his answers here.