Shane van Gisbergen believes the PIRTEK Enduro Cup has reinvigorated much of the field who were blown out of the 2019 championship race early by Scott McLaughlin’s dominance.
It’s long been a foregone conclusion that McLaughlin would seal back-to-back titles, having won 18 of the first 25 races this year prior to a bumpy Gold Coast weekend.
Van Gisbergen is the only challenger mathematically still in contention, but a 463-point deficit remains with no more than 600 now up for grabs.
The Red Bull Holden Racing Team star instead has turned his attention to the PIRTEK Enduro Cup, awarded to the driver pairing that accrues the most points during the three-round endurance swing.
He and Tander carry a 36-point lead in the mini-championship that will be decided at this weekend’s Penrite Oil Sandown 500.
RBHRT teammates Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes are their nearest rivals, with McLaughlin/Alex Premat and Walkinshaw Andretti United entries Scott Pye/Warren Luff and James Courtney/Jack Perkins rounding out the top five.