Supercars 2020: Kiwi Shane van Gisbergen lobbies for second NZ race on calendar

Kiwi Supercars driver Shane van Gisbergen is lobbying for an extra Supercars round to be staged in New Zealand. 

And he hopes it'll be confirmed in the rejigged 2020/2021 schedule, after the sole round on this side of the Tasman this year was postponed, due to COVID-19.

Hampton Downs was preparing for its Supercars debut race next month, but this week, it became one of three races on the calendar put off indefinitely.

"It was weird, I went there the day before yesterday and, you know, seeing all the grandstands and stuff already getting put up was a weird feeling," says van Gisbergen.

He'll now have to wait to race at home, although Supercars has confirmed it will look to reschedule a New Zealand round later this year.

It hopes to release a 14-round calendar in due course, but 'The Gis' suggested to chief executive Sean Seamer he needed to consider another Kiwi event.

"Maybe there's an option to do another round, whether we do two here or something, while the cars are over... it could be a possibility. 

"I think he's looking into all options - it would be great to do two rounds here. 

Scott McLaughlin celebrates Supercars victory at Pukekohe
Scott McLaughlin celebrates Supercars victory at Pukekohe. Photo credit: Newshub.

"Scotty and I tried to put pressure on it last year, and create some hype behind it, so hopefully something happens." 

Van Gisbergen admitted he wasn't sure how likely it was, but Supercars couldn't confirm to Newshub whether it was exploring the possibility.

SVG and McLaughlin have dominated on home soil in recent years, with no-one else winning here since 2017.

"I just love to race in front of my home crowds, so anytime you get to go there... you know, it sucks that it's not going to happen for a little bit," says McLaughlin. 

It might not happen for a while, but suddenly, it might happen more. Racing on this side of the Tasman is something they both cherish.

"I don't care what track it is, as long as I get to race in New Zealand," says McLaughlin.

"It's just a dream for me," echoes van Gisbergen. "We don't race in New Zealand enough."

Van Gisbergen has planted the seed, now he's hoping to watch it grow.