Van Gisbergen has won five in a row to start 2021, and should he win the first two races of the weekend, he would surpass two major names.
Allan Moffat and Mark Skaife both won the opening six races of the season in 1977 and 1994 respectively; no one has ever won the opening seven.
Van Gisbergen’s current win streak of six, which dates back to the 2020 Bathurst 1000, matches similar feats by Moffat, Dick Johnson, Jim Richards, Skaife, Craig Lowndes, Jamie Whincup and Scott McLaughlin.
Only Whincup and Lowndes have been able to win more than six consecutive races; Whincup (seven in 2008) and Lowndes (eight in 1996).
Many names are knocking on the door; notably, Nick Percat scored three top 10s at Sandown, Andre Heimgartner was a lap away from a podium, while Mark Winterbottom continues to close on a maiden Team 18 podium.
Shell Ford resurgence?
The defending teams’ champion squad has recorded one podium through five races in 2021, courtesy of Will Davison at Mount Panorama.
The Shell V-Power Racing Team has form at Symmons Plains, winning races in 2017 and 2019 at the circuit.
It seems a matter of when, not if, the improving Anton De Pasquale breaks through in Shell colours.