It came after he left the Adelaide season opener 13th in the standings following a gut-wrenching suspension failure in Race 2.
His Race 22 hopes appeared promising when he started second alongside pole man Scott McLaughlin. Van Gisbergen held that place early, and inherited the lead on the road when his Ford rival pitted on lap 17.
However, the #97 suffered a power steering failure four laps later, and van Gisbergen was forced to save a wild slide on his car’s own fluid en route to pit lane.
"We went from being a really quick car at most of the Eastern Creek stuff and then we get to Darwin and we’ve got issues.
"It was good to finally work that out but it did cost us a lot of points.
"Unfortunately we changed too many things and components on the car to know what it was but from Sunday of Townsville it’s been like flicking a switch, the car has been a rocket again and every time we’re on the track now we’re in contention, which is awesome.
"The guys have done a great job turning the car around and yeah we have been stirring a few people up, which is cool."