The worlds of V8 Supercar racing and drifting are usually kept quite far apart but last weekend Kiwi race driver Shane van Gisbergen brought them together. After achieving his second V8 Supercars win and first on Aussie soil (read news) ‘the Giz’ decided to celebrate with a victory lap – going sideways.
The commentators mistakenly thought van Gisbergen’s smokey slides were accidental, stemming from excessive tyre wear but quickly worked out he was hamming it up for the Darwin fans. The Giz went on to fill Hidden Valley Raceway with the smell of tyre smoke and considering the steering ratios of a V8 Supercar, did well to get as sideways as he could.
At 22 years old Van Gisbergen is the youngest driver in the top-tier series and has almost a professional obligation to pull some reckless moves on occasion and the crowd loved him for it. (more…)