SVG's cheeky reply to mountain biking future

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 21/03/2021
  • By Charlie Bullis

Shane van Gisbergen has admitted he won’t "wrap himself in cotton wool" after breaking his collarbone.

The championship leader extended his winning streak to five races in 2021 on Sunday at Sandown.

The Red Bull Ampol Racing driver notched up his 45th career win, with both Sunday wins coming entirely in wet conditions.


Speaking after the race, the 31-year-old revealed he turned to motorcross legends Chad Reed and Toby Price for advice in an effort to speed up his recovery.

"Those guys are nuts, but they go through it all the time,” said van Gisbergen.

“Toby’s got the same plate in his shoulder and rope holding his ligaments in place that I do, but he just broke it the other week.”

“Chad Reed’s got a hyperbaric chamber at home, that’s how hardcore those guys are.

“They know what they are talking about, so I’ll happily take their advice.”

Although still dealing with the discomfort of his injury, the New Zealander driver plans to rest in the coming days to prepare himself for the Bathurst 6 Hour on April 2.


He also plans to return to mountain bike riding when able and won’t write-off other precarious recreational activities.

“I’m going to get a dirt bike,” van Gisbergen said.

“You can’t be scared and wrap yourself in cotton wool.”

Shane van Gisbergen now sits 150 points clear of his teammate Jamie Whincup, who finished fourth in Race 5.

Red Bull Ampol Racing heads the teams’ standings on 1055 points, with Walkinshaw Andretti United second on 725 points.

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