Record up for grabs? SVG weighs in on winning streak

30 Mar 2021
The Red Bull Ampol Racing driver has won six straight races
How many wins does SVG think he can get?

Shane van Gisbergen has admitted his team is "in a special place” after he extended his unbeaten run in 2021 to five races at Sandown last weekend.

The Red Bull Ampol Racing driver has won six straight races in a streak which began at last October’s Bathurst 1000.

He has followed up his Great Race triumph with clean sweeps at the Repco Mt Panorama 500 and Penrite Oil Sandown SuperSprint to build a formidable championship ahead of the next round in Tasmania.

Speaking on Supercars’ new Facebook live show, Tuesday Night Takeaway, he said his return to form began at Townsville last season.

Compatriot Scott McLaughlin won a record 18 races in 2019, with van Gisbergen's best season a reap of eight wins in his title-winning 2016 campaign.

Already with five wins in 2021, and with a margin of 150 points heading to the Beaurepaires Tasmania SuperSprint, the runaway championship leader has addressed whether he can continue his winning ways.

Five wins in a row in 2021

"I don't know, I don't think about that stuff, but I guess we are in a pretty special place,” he said.

"It started from Townsville last year.

"We got some real momentum going and finished on a high at Bathurst, so everyone was just so motivated over the break."


The start of the 2021 season saw a change to Triple Eight's engineering lineup, with engineer David Cauchi shifting to the #97 amid Jamie Whincup’s full-time retirement announcement.

Van Gisbergen said the arrival of Cauchi in his corner has amplified his own confidence.

"Having Cauchi come on board the 97 car, the atmosphere in the team is really good," the 2016 champion said.

"We are just on a roll.

Van Gisbergen and Cauchi are undefeated together

"Things just snowball with the confidence and the team morale.

"Things are really good in the team at the moment, so we've got to keep pressing on."

Heading to Tasmania, Red Bull Ampol Racing is a full round ahead of its closest rival in the teams’ standings.

Van Gisbergen heads teammate Whincup by 150 points, with Walkinshaw Andretti United’s Chaz Mostert a further 13 points adrift.

The Repco Supercars Championship field will return to Symmons Plains for the Beaurepaires Tasmania SuperSprint across April 10-11. Tickets are on sale now.

The event will be broadcast live on Foxtel and will be streamed on Kayo.

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