While Team Red Bull has struggled in the F1 ranks, despite the recent win by max Verstappen in the Grand Prix of Mexico, they are thriving in Supercars and should be worthy contenders for the next couple of years at least after securing Shane van Gisbergen until the end of the 2019 Supercars championship.
Van Gisbergen’s deal was supposed to terminate following 2018, but the Red Bull Holden Racing Team tacked on an extra year.
“I’m really happy to be staying with the Red Bull Holden Racing Team for another year,” van Gisbergen said.”The first two seasons have been great, especially with the championship win last year.”
Red Bull teammate Jamie Whincup currently holds the number one position in the 2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, but Fabian Coulthard is just 17 points behind and Scott McLaughlin is just 10 points further back.
Both Coulthard and McLaughlin have the muscle of the Shell V-Power Racing Team at their disposal, so unlike the F1 championship, where Lewis Hamilton had such a margin than a ninth place finish in Mexico was all it took to secure the 2017 F1 championship, the Supercars championship is anything but decided.
Van Gisbergen is a distant fifth and simply snatching fourth from Supercheap Auto Racing’s Chaz Mostert would be quite a coup.
The drivers will line up for the ITM Auckland SuperSprint the weekend of November 3rd to 5th, and then conclude on November 24th to 26th with the Coates Hire Newcastle 500.
Van Gisbergen will need to finish well up the grid and hope for some help from Mostert, who leads him in the standings 63 points.
Team Red Bull will debut new cars next year, the next generation of the Holden Commodore model both van Gisbergen and Whincup currently drive. In 2019, the team will field a V6 with twin turbochargers, so there is no reason to think that they cannot exercise the sort of dominance they have of late.