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VAN GISBERGEN AIMING HIGH AT YAS MARINA CIRCUIT

Thursday 28th of May 2020

New Zealand’s Shane van Gisbergen will return to both FIA World Rallycross Championship Esports action and Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit this weekend (May 31).

Van Gisbergen starred on his World RX Esports Invitational debut at Montalegre, Portugal where he finished on the podium, and will start the first event of the World RX Esports Invitational Series at Yas Maria on Sunday. He does have previous experience of racing at the Abu Dhabi facility, when the Australian V8 Supercars last raced at Yas Marina in 2012. He will return to a virtual Peugeot 208 WRX this weekend, and will be joined by fellow Supercars driver Scott Pye on the grid.

“It was definitely fun to do my first World RX Esports race in Portugal, I always watch World Rallycross on TV so it was pretty cool to be a part of it racing all those guys and I went a lot better than what I thought I would. My goal was to make the semis but I didn’t think that would be possible given how fast everyone was, but I had some good luck in the races and had a couple of qualifying wins which really helped me,” he said.

Van Gisbergen has already started testing for the event, run on DiRT 2.0 in partnership with Esports specialist Motorsport Games, and DiRT video game publisher Codemasters. “I did some laps at Abu Dhabi a couple of days ago actually, it’s a pretty long track, quite tough and technical. I actually raced there a couple of times a few years ago in V8 Supercars, so it’s quite cool to be racing on the rallycross version, so it should be a bit of fun. I had a really good response from the rallycross (Esports event in Portugal) so hopefully everyone enjoyed watching it and this weekend hopefully we can do the same again.”

 

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