Big Australian V8 Supercars shocker: Shane van Gisbergen heads to Triple Eight for 2016

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Shane van Gisbergen will join the dynamic duo of Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup in the 2016 Australian V8 Supercars season, as the frequently dominant Triple Eight Race Engineering team will add a third entry.

“The Giz,” the 25-year-old New Zealander, joins on a new three-year deal and will leave the Tekno Autosports. Lowndes has also agreed to a two-year extension.

Red Bull has also extended its partnership with the team through 2017 with an option for 2018.

“Given the growing trend of larger teams and the intense competition that this brings, we felt that this is the ideal time to add another entry to our championship campaign to enhance the competitive depth of the team,” Triple Eight Managing Director Roland Dane said in a release.

“With Jamie, Craig and now Shane at the wheels of the Triple Eight Holdens, we will be fielding the strongest line-up in one of the world’s most closely fought categories, but for now we are focusing on the 2015 championship.”

Van Gisbergen is known to U.S. fans from his incredible drive and passes at the 2014 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12-Hour, and also for a pair of consecutive starts at the Rolex 24 at Daytona with Alex Job Racing. He finished the Rolex 24 for AJR this year, in a car that finished second in the GT Daytona class (co-drove with Cooper MacNeil, Leh Keen and Andrew Davis in the No. 22 WeatherTech Porsche 911 GT America).