Thursday, Jan 16 06:53am
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Shane van Gisbergen in all-star Bathurst 12 Hour line-up

Triple Eight Race Engineering will field a factory-supported Mercedes-AMG GT3 in this year’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.


Racing all-rounder Shane van Gisbergen will be joined by fellow Supercars star Jamie Whincup and sports car specialist Maximilian Götz.


This year marks the third time the team have entered the other Great Race but is the first time they’ve had factory backing.


Having contested much of last year’s GT World Challenge Asia series with the team, van Gisbergen is most prepared than ever for the 12-hour race.


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“I was lucky enough to do three of the six rounds of GT World Challenge Asia with Triple Eight last season, which was cool and definitely helps us coming into the Bathurst 12 Hour because we know the car that much better than this time last year,” he said.


“It’s cool to be teaming up with Maxi, his experience in the AMG will definitely be valuable. Last year’s race came down to a battle between us and his car, which was really tough but awesome for the fans.


“With Jamie as well, I think we’ve got a really strong line-up. Hopefully, we can put on a good show again this year, but come away with a trophy.”


While Whincup is arguably one of the most successful drivers to have graced Mount Panorama with four Bathurst 1000 wins, his GT3 experience is limited.




With just three starts to his name, Whincup has one win on debut in 2017 with Maranello Motorsport in a Ferrari 488 GT3 and a second-place finish a year later with Triple Eight Race Engineering.


“It’s always exciting to get back to the mountain, no matter what you’re driving, but to kick off the year at one of the best tracks in the world behind the wheel of an AMG GT3 is pretty special,” Whincup sai.d


“The event is getting bigger and better every year. I’m one of the most patriotic people you’ll meet and it makes me really proud to see so many teams from around the world coming to Bathurst and holding it in such high regard. Everyone wants to win this race, so no doubt it’s going to be ultra-competitive again this year.”


As well as fielding the Pro entered no. 888 car, Triple Eight is running the no. 777 Pro-Am entry, a Mercedes-AMG GT3 piloted by Yasser Shahin, brother Sam Shahin, Nick Foster and Anton de Pasquale.