Shane van Gisbergen has mentioned the Supercars sequence is “worse than ever” after revealing he has solely dedicated to Crimson Bull Ampol till the tip of 2024.
The 2-time defending champion’s quick future within the touring automobile scene appeared to have been put to relaxation final week when a “multi-year” contract extension was introduced by Triple Eight.
However in an interview with Fox Sports activities that aired on Sunday, van Gisbergen mentioned he was trying ahead to “at the least yet another yr right here, which is cool”.
The 33-year-old was requested to make clear whether or not the deal was solely a one-year extension and he sheepishly confirmed that was appropriate.
It’s understood Van Gisbergen has choices to increase past 2024, however is free to pursue different alternatives after subsequent season.
Van Gisbergen took a number of swipes at Supercars through the interview, saying renewing his contract past this season had extra to do together with his love for the Triple Eight staff than the sequence itself.
The New Zealander indicated he was eager to pursue extra rally and Speedway racing, whereas additionally considering a future in the USA.
“It is bizarre as a result of the sequence is worse than ever, all of the background stuff, it is actually unhealthy,” he instructed Fox Sports activities.
“However the staff is superior. I beloved the problem this yr of the automobile.
“The automobile is troublesome, however as a driver you need to suppose, it is the identical for everybody … as a driver you’re feeling like you’ve got much less affect.”
Van Gisbergen has constantly raised issues concerning the Gen3 automobiles when discussing his future, with Crimson Bull transitioning from racing Commodores to Chevrolet Camaros after the demise of Holden.
A proud Kiwi, van Gisbergen mentioned he was disillusioned Supercars wasn’t returning to New Zealand this yr after the closure of Pukekohe Raceway.
“Going abroad to Singapore and Center East, what is the level?” van Gisbergen mentioned.
“We’ve got new automobiles that are superior and we ought to be going to locations like Winton and QR (Queensland Raceway); take it to the folks and make them fall in love with the game once more.”
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