SHANE van Gisbergen has hinted that the Red Bull Racing Team may launch a triple-pronged attack on next year’s Bathurst 1000.
One of the most formidable teams on the Supercars grid with current drivers’ champion Jamie Whincup and the 2016 victor of that same title, van Gisbergen, as its full-time competitors, Red Bull has enjoyed its share of success at Bathurst.
Since Red Bull Racing linked with Triple Eight Race Engineering and appeared on the grid in 2013, the team has enjoyed two Great Race pole positions, a win, a pair of runner-up finishes and a third placing.
Next year as it looks to add to that record, van Gisbergen will share his seat with Earl Bamber while Whincup will once more unite with Paul Dumbrell.
But van Gisbergen also revealed the team is contemplating a wildcard entry which could involve Porsche Supercup ace Matt Campbell.
This year van Gisbergen joined Campbell in placing fifth at Mount Panorama in a Bathurst 1000 contested in wet, slippery conditions.
Campbell had his issues, saying: "From my point of view, my performance was a little bit frustrating. I was getting turned around a few times in the slippery conditions out there”.
However, van Gisbergen still liked what he saw from Campbell over the three endurance rounds.
“For such a young guy, he’s so experienced and very professional,” he said in his season review.
“His driving was excellent at Sandown and the Gold Coast and then he struggled a little with our car being difficult to drive at Bathurst. He’s got a massive future ahead of him overseas which is unfortunately why we can’t keep him next year.
“He’s on to bigger and better things, but he’s got a huge career ahead of him. We’re hoping to have him around at Bathurst for a potential wildcard entry.”
Team boss Roland Dane confirmed the team is looking to field wildcards at three events – including the Mount Panorama endurance epic - next year to test the V6 twin-turbocharged engine against its V8 rivals.
“It is envisaged that one of those events will be Bathurst,” he said.
“The entry is likely to be run independently of the other Triple Eight cars and we are talking to a number of drivers for the Great Race entry – including Matty Campbell who we hope may be available.”