The Kiwi’s season was below menace of being derailed when he crashed his mountain bike and broke his collarbone lower than a fortnight in the past.
He went into surgical procedure instantly and has since been present process hyperbaric remedy to arrange for this weekend’s Sandown SuperSprint.
It was solely after apply this morning that it turned a certainty the 2016 champion would race, just for van Gisbergen to show himself to further danger of a painful crash by qualifying down in seventeenth.
Nonetheless the Pink Bull Holden driver ended a outstanding day with among the finest drives in Supercars historical past as he charged via to win the 36-lap race with a last lap move on Cam Waters.
Explaining how he acquired via the day, van Gisbergen stated the important thing change was shifting the steering wheel decrease and bringing it nearer to his physique.
He additionally sampled much less resistance on the gearshift and a button handbrake throughout apply, however deserted each earlier than the race.
“It was simply the wheel,” he stated.
“We began with the gearshift [resistance] decrease, however the energy is not too unhealthy, it is simply the motion – lifting my arm and stuff. So I needed to decrease the wheel and convey it rather a lot nearer.
Race winner Shane van Gisbergen, Triple Eight Race Engineering
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“It feels a bit bizarre, however as soon as I used to be on the market I acquired used to it.
“After which I went to a button handbrake on the wheel, however I could not get good begins so I went again to my regular handbrake. It was onerous to get sufficient stress at first.
“Possibly it is the adrenaline, however [the pain is] not distracting me in any respect. It felt good.”
He additionally revealed a change of treatment this week made an enormous distinction to his psychological state.
“Final week was tremendous robust,” he stated. “I used to be bizarre medication that make you suppose bizarre issues. I am on some [different] stuff this week that is significantly better. Medication aren’t any good, I do not see the enchantment to them.”
Van Gisbergen, who was the final driver within the area to make his pitstop with 11 laps to go, stated the essential second within the race was his ballsy move on each Jamie Whincup and Chaz Mostert on the second-last lap.
He defined that he had a “horrible” outlap with a number of understeer earlier than “it got here good” three laps in.
“I noticed Chaz was struggling and I hoped he would again everybody up, and he did,” he added.
“It was a little bit of a dangerous transfer at Flip 2, however that is most likely what received the race.
“It is most likely not sensible to make it three-wide, however being on the within is the most secure place and it labored fairly properly.”