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Van Gisbergen toys with rare number change

SHANE van Gisbergen has flagged a possible return for the #1 at next month’s Adelaide 500.

Each year, the previous season’s Supercars champion earns the right to run the coveted number during the following campaign.

While the likes of Jamie Whincup and Mark Winterbottom have done so in the past decade, Kiwi counterparts van Gisbergen and Scott McLaughlin have declined.

Thus, #1 has not appeared on the Repco Supercars Championship grid in four years – last used by Whincup at the 2018 Newcastle 500.

Van Gisbergen has taken to social media to gauge interest in a one-off change, posting: “Thinking about running #1 in Adelaide as a tribute to Holden and their final race.”

That message was complete with edited images and a poll, in which the overwhelming majority had voted for a switch to #1 over retaining #97.

Only once since van Gisbergen first started using #97, at the 2013 season-opener, has he changed numbers.

That came at the 2021 Repco Bathurst 1000, when he donned #888 as a special tribute to retiring Triple Eight managing director Roland Dane.

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The VALO Adelaide 500, on December 1-4, marks the last ever main game round for Holden and its Commodore model.

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