Shane van Gisbergen has confirmed he will leave V8 Supercars
at the end of the season.
The New Zealand 23-year-old signed a new three-year deal with
Stone Brothers Racing only six months ago, before the team
switched from Ford to Mercedes-Benz for next year.
It is understood that while van Gisbergen enjoyed racing, he
had become tired of some aspects of the sport - but has
refused to specify the reasons for his departure.
In a statement released today, van Gisbergen said: "Today I
am announcing that I will be leaving Stone Brothers Racing
and the sport of V8 Supercars. Contrary to media reports, I
do not wish to race for another V8 Supercar team and my
decision to leave the sport has in no way been caused by Ross
and Jimmy's decision to switch manufacturers in 2013 or the
team's partnership with Erebus Motorsport.
"I am leaving V8 Supercars due to personal reasons which I do
not wish to discuss in the public domain. I will be moving
back home to New Zealand and have no fixed plans for the
"I have enjoyed five successful years with Stone Brothers
Racing and was given a unique opportunity by the team to race
V8s at a very young age, which I am very grateful for.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ross, Jimmy,
my sponsors and my team for the time and money they invested
in me during my V8 career," said van Gisbergen.
Team principal Ross Stone said: "SBR are disappointed to be
losing such an exceptional talent and while there has been
much speculation in the media regarding the reasons behind
Shane wanting to leave, it is not for want of driving for
another V8 team.
"Shane's motives to quit the sport are private and SBR have
agreed that the best way forward for all parties is to
release Shane from his current three-year contract."
Van Gisbergen will race his final V8 Supercars race at the
final round of the Championship Series at Homebush on Sunday,