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Van Gisbergen: NZ calendar absence a ‘travesty’

SHANE van Gisbergen has displayed his disdain regarding New Zealand’s omission from the 2023 Repco Supercars Championship calendar.

Van Gisbergen, a proud Kiwi, had stayed quiet on the topic of next year’s all-Australian schedule, Supercars having been unable to strike a deal to replace Pukekohe (which will close to motorsport next April).

But he made his feelings known last night at the Supercars gala when presented with his third championship trophy, having listed Pukekohe in September as the highlight of his season.

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“I don’t know why we’re not going back next year, that’s pretty dumb,” said van Gisbergen.

“We need to get back there. New Zealand is amazing, the whole fanbase and it’s a travesty that we’re not going back so we need to fix that.

“Pukekohe was awesome and hopefully we find a good track there as a replacement.”

Van Gisbergen spoke fondly of his competitors, saying various challenges – and challengers – were motivating him to strive for new heights.

“There’s some amazing drivers in our field,” he said.

“There’s probably eight guys, I believe, who could get in my car and win and they know that as well.

“It’s the feeling of working with the team and getting as good as you can and improving every weekend and it’s that challenge.

“Like this year we had the ownership change and new engineer and next year is a new car.

“There’s always something in this sport and that’s an evolution and you’re getting better and better.

“I just can’t wait, I’m looking forward to Gen3, I hope it’s really good and I’m excited for that.

“I’d love to stay in Supercars, there’s lots of potential here for it to get epic again and I want to be a part of it.”

Van Gisbergen won a record 21 races this year but fell just short of the biggest winning margin in history, ending the season 615 points clear of Cam Waters.

Mark Skaife’s 658-point margin over runner-up Greg Murphy in 2002 remains the record.

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