New Zealand’s Shane van Gisbergen will increase his presence with WeatherTech Racing during its IMSA GT Daytona campaign in 2017. The Kiwi, who leads the Australian Supercars championship with one round remaining, has been a regular in the WeatherTech Racing lineup at the Rolex 24 at Daytona (pictured, top) and has also starred with McLaren in the Blancpain Endurance Series where he won the most recent title.
With a busy Supercars campaign awaiting van Gisbergen next year, defending his BES title would be impossible due to date conflicts which opened the door to more outings with WeatherTech Racing’s new Mercedes-AMG in IMSA’s Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup.
“With the calendar for next year it’s made a few things change,” Van Gisbergen told Speedcafe.com. “I can’t go back to Europe so I’ve gone down a different avenue for 2017. I’ll race with WeatherTech next year and hopefully do three or four IMSA races.”
Van Gisbergen also hopes to contest a few races outside of the TPNAEC rounds.
“After Daytona, hopefully we’ll get to Sebring and Watkins Glen and a couple of others which would be awesome,” he added. “We’ll work out what they need me for and get over there.”