No chassis change for Shane

  • 24/04/2015
  • By V8 Supercars
  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

Despite having a new chassis ready to go in the workshop, TEKNO Autosports is sticking with a good thing and leaving star driver Shane van Gisbergen in his current V8 Supercar for next week's Perth SuperSprint.

While there has been time for the team to switch the chassis since the Tasmania round (held last month), team boss Jonathon Webb explained that the team would travel straight from Western Australia to the following round in Winton, Victoria - so sticking with a car they know is up to speed is the way to go.

"The truck won't come home, so with that being the case, we thought it was smart," Webb told

"We came off Tassie and the car was fast, so we'll stick with what we know, get through the next two and bring it online after that."

Van Gisbergen has labeled Perth and Tasmania his two 'bogey' tracks, but he was able to break the hoodoo at Symmons Plains in March in his Darrell Lea STIX Commodore and finish third in Sunday's big points-paying race, leaving him fifth in the Championship and just one point adrift of Garth Tander.

The Kiwi has never earned a podium result in Perth, his best finish fourth in 2011, and Webb agreed the 2.41km track was one of the team's worst last year.

"We worked pretty hard on that at the end of last year, working out where our weaknesses were and making sure they weren't our weaknesses this year," Webb said.

"Nothing is easy to improve in this game, with how tight it is. But we've got Tassie out the way and we were as strong as we'd want to be and we expect to be at any other round - certainly much stronger than last year.

"If we can do something similar in Perth, then, based on the speed we had and the results we had in the back half of last year, once we get through these two we're confident we'll be in an even better place again than we were last year."

Van Gisbergen powered home in the second part of 2015to finish an unexpected second in the title fight, eclipsing high profile competitors Mark Winterbottom and Craig Lowndes, after a victory at the Gold Coast followed aheartbreaking finish to the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 with Webb co-driving.

The pair looked set for the win, but after stalling in a pit stop, van Gisbergen was unable to restart his Commodore for the final stint.

While the team hasn't officially confirmed that Webb would co-drive again for this year's Pirtek Enduro Cup, he performed incredibly well last year and hasn't looked hard for an alternative - the bigger issue is who will be the lead driver for 2016.

Van Gisbergen will depart TEKNO at the end of the season, having been snapped up by Roland Dane to race for the powerhouse Triple Eight team for the next three years, leaving the single car team with big shoes to fill for next year.

"We're nutting out who's around, who's interested, doing the groundwork on that," Webb said.

"Everything's chipping along, we're confident going to Perth ... and look forward to putting on a show there."

Tickets are still available for the Perth SuperSprint, which starts next Friday May 1 at Barbagallo Raceway.

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