After a dominant display at the Adelaide 500 at the weekend, Shane van Gisbergen already has his sights set on continuing that form at the Formula 1® 2018 Rolex Australian Grand Prix in just 16 days.
The Coates Hire Supercars Melbourne 400 will see Supercars teams racing for championship points for the first time at the event, a change that van Gisbergen, who has won seven races at the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, says will add a renewed energy to the race.
“I’ve always gone well there and haven’t got any points for it,” the Red Bull Holden Racing Team ace said. “I like racing there. Awesome circuit, and awesome to see the other racing and all their new cars.
“It normally brings up good racing for us, there’s high tyre degradation and now with pit stops and stuff. We can pass, cross back – because the track’s so wide and open.
“I’m looking forward to that and I think the racing will be really good.”
Van Gisbergen took a clean sweep in Adelaide, recording two pole positions and two race wins and currently holds a 42-point championship lead over Melbourne local, Erebus Penrite Racing’s David Reynolds, who will be looking to fire back after failing to defend a charging van Gisbergen at Turn 9 on Sunday.
Sitting in fourth and fifth in the championship are two of last year’s Albert Park winners, Supercheap Auto Racing’s Chaz Mostert and Shell V-Power Racing Team’s Scott McLaughlin.
The Supercars field will take to the track from Thursday 22 March, in addition to counting for championship points for the first time, the Coates Hire Supercars Melbourne 400 will feature a new rapid-fire qualifying format and compulsory pit stops for fuel and tyres for two of the four races.
The action will culminate in a 13-lap, 30-minute sprint as the curtain-raiser to the Grand Prix.
Fans can also expect to get closer to their heroes than at any other Supercars event, with access to the Supercars Paddock free for all ticket holders.