V8 Supercars: Shane van Gisbergen shelves title talk until after Gold Coast 600

Shane van Gisbergen. Photo / Photosport
Shane van Gisbergen. Photo / Photosport

Shane van Gisbergen may be leading the Supercars Championship but he refuses to accept a maiden title is within his grasp.

The Red Bull Racing Australia star will head into this weekend's Gold Coast 600 with a major target on his back.

He has maintained his 139-point lead at the top of the standings after teammate Jamie Whincup's Bathurst appeal was dismissed.

It is a handy buffer with three rounds to go in the series, but van Gisbergen knows Surfers Paradise is a place where dreams can be shattered.

"You never think about it until after this weekend," he said.

"Get this weekend out of the way then we'll see where we stack up.

"It's two big races and they are crazy. It's 300km and there's always carnage. There is always safety cars and accidents.

"You need to get through here clean then you can think about what points you've got.
"There is a lot of racing to go yet but we have a very fast car on street circuits. Anything is achievable."

Van Gisbergen finished runner-up to Whincup in the 2014 championship while he was at the Staplyton-based operation Tekno Autosports.

The Gold Coast has proved fruitful for van Gisbergen in recent years with the New Zealand product winning races in 2014 and 2015 on the famed street circuit.

A clean weekend, and ideally a couple of podium finishes, would put the 27-year-old in the box seat to collect his first Supercars title.

"We've just got to keep the momentum going," he said.

"We're having a really good time at the moment. The car is good and we're enjoying going racing.

"(We've got to make) no mistakes and keep accumulating points. That will help the tally.
"All the tracks I love going to (are to come). The ducks are all in a line. We've just got to get it happening."

Despite holding the lead, van Gisbergen vowed to attack the concrete jungle at the Gold Coast 600 and leave nothing behind.

"We're still attacking," he said.

"There are still three rounds to go. There is a lot at stake.

"The gap is not that big if you think about it like that.

"You've got to keep it smooth and focused and not get involved in stupid battles early. You have to be there at the end.

"So much happens and there is always a late safety car here.

"It's race by race at the moment and in the last two rounds we will adjust if we have to be more conservative."

- news.com.au

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