Highly regarded driver gets stint with Holden team in Supercars endurance races.

There will be an unprecedented seven New Zealand drivers contesting the Pirtek Enduro Cup rounds this season in the V8 Supercars' championship.

Chris van der Drift will share driver duties with Shae Davis at Erebus Motorsport in the No4 Holden.

The European-based Kiwi joins the field for the three endurance rounds at Sandown, Bathurst and the Gold Coast alongside fellow Kiwis Shane van Gisbergen, Fabian Coulthard, Scott McLaughlin, Chris Pither, Andre Heimgartner and another Kiwi co-driver, Richie Stanaway.

With that number of New Zealanders in the field, it's odds on at least one of them will be standing somewhere on the podium over the three races.


Van der Drift has plied his trade overseas for the majority of his career, and of late has been looking to try his hand at Supercars.

"I have been racing outside of Australasia nearly all my career and have always said I would love to come back and carry on my career in Australia in the Supercars series," said van der Drift.

"I am over the moon to have signed with Erebus, it has been a dream for many years to try and secure a drive and this is a great way for me to get my feet in the water."

The Kiwi has spent the last decade racing single seaters and, more recently GTs, in Europe and Asia.

He has three European championships to his name - Formula BMW, Formula Renault 2.0 and International Formula Masters - and most recently won the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia series with seven victories and six pole positions from 14 starts.

At present he's racing in Europe in the German ADAC GT Masters with the odd stint in the China GT Championship.

On and off for the past three years, van der Drift has been trying to break into the highly competitive Australian tin top series, and while not quite a complete rookie in the category, will be on a steep learning curve.

He did test for Brad Jones Racing in 2014 and raced in the now defunct New Zealand SuperTourers in 2012.

"I would probably say I've been trying to break in for about three years now, so it's great I will be able to experience it.

"I jumped into the V8 SuperTourers a few years ago, which was great fun, and the test with BJR was a great experience.

"Both cars were very different than what I have been used to, but I love how much [horsepower] you have under your right foot.

"I am really looking forward to working with the guys in the team and the first race can't come quick enough." said van der Drift.

Erebus Motorsport's general manager, Barry Ryan, had heard of the flying Kiwi in the past and knew he was a well-regarded racer.

Van der Drift was at Sydney Motorsport Park for the last round of the series and former V8 Supercars stalwart Greg Murphy put the two of them together.

The four-time Bathurst winner highly recommended van der Drift and, with the likes of Porsche guru Craig Baird chipping in with positive comments, Ryan was comfortable in signing him up for the three-round series within a series.

Van der Drift will get his first taste of the Erebus car at the team's test day in Winton on Tuesday.