SHANE van Gisbergen has hinted that his fifth co-driver in 5 decades of Supercars will not be Craig Lowndes, as he expects calendar clashes to rule out Earl Bamber subsequent calendar year.
The dates for the Petit Le Mans and the Bathurst 1000 conflict and will for that reason probably quit Bamber returning to Supercars Enduros for 2019, indicating Van Gisbergen is on his now once-a-year lookout for a new husband or wife after all over again.
As nicely as Bamber, SVG has by now long gone by means of Jono Webb, Alex Premat and Matt Campbell more than the past 4 Enduro strategies and speculation was rife that Lowndes, who is established to develop into a co-driver subsequent calendar year, could be subsequent.
Even so, Van Gisbergen has poured chilly h2o on the rumours revealing he expects the Bathurst 1000 winner to substitute Paul Dumbrell and group up with previous teammate Jamie Whincup.
“I indicate, it would be great for the group and the nostalgia of it all for Craig and Jamie to be collectively, and I really don’t know what [Dumbrell] is heading to do,” reported van Gisbergen.
Lowndes retirement and shift into a co-driving job usually means the other 50 percent of this year’s Bathurst winners, Steve Richards, is out of a push for subsequent period, and could backlink up with the 29-calendar year-aged.
“[Richards] Would not be a poor male to place in, but I’d appreciate to have Earl back again and almost certainly Matty Campbell will be at the best of that listing,” he extra.
“We’ll see what his calendar does. [Campbell] did a ripper task for us past calendar year.
“It’s been truly tricky striving to cling on to a co-driver, I get together nicely with them, but they feel to be leaving for distinctive explanations.”