Red Bull looking for Supercars trifecta

Shane van Gisbergen is aiming to make history for the team that helped win him a maiden Supercars title.

The Kiwi closed out the 2016 championship with a third-place finish in the opening race of the Sydney 500 on Saturday.

While the result of the season’s final race on Sunday won’t change that, it could mean a whole lot for Red Bull Racing Australia.

The outfit is on the verge of an historic championship trifecta, with Jamie Whincup sitting second in the overall standings and stablemate Craig Lowndes fourth.

Volvo’s Scott McLaughlin stands in third, just nine points ahead of Lowndes.

If Lowndes moves up one spot, it will mark the first time a team has clinched a 1-2-3 season finish.

“That’s a massive priority,” van Gisbergen said.

“That’s something we’ve worked towards all year. We’ve worked together intensely, so it would be great.”

The 27-year-old said that was his main thought in the last few laps of Saturday’s race, when he fought his way through the field from sixth.

“I tried to get in front of Scotty to minimise the damage to Craig,” he said.

“Hopefully he can have a good day and he can get himself back in front.”

Van Gisbergen, who has dabbled in other motorsport categories over the years, re-committed himself to Supercars after his championship victory on Saturday.

He said his overseas racing was all done to improve his performances in Australia.

“I really think as a driver I’ve improved doing all the extra-curricular stuff.

“Every time I go overseas I experience cool things, but the best level of driving, the best series is always V8s.

“I’ll come back and try and defend next year.”

Whether or not he has the No.1 sticker on his car remains to be seen, with the star unsure if he can part with his beloved No.97.

Red Bull Racing will be Holden’s only factory-backed outfit in the series next year, after the manufacturer pulled out of Walkinshaw Racing’s Holden Racing Team.

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