Taking part in the opening round of the RSEA Safety Motorsport Australia Rally Championship (ARC) season opener, van Gisbergen has revealed the striking look for his Australian rally debut.

With support from Red Bull, Omen by HP, Harvey Norman, Local Legends and Hoosier, the Race Torque prepared Skoda Fabia R5 will get its first taste of rally action tomorrow, with van Gisbergen to take part in the ARC’s pre-season test day in Canberra.

The reigning Repco Supercars Champion was excited to get behind the wheel of the top-spec rally car, sitting alongside experienced co-driver Glen Weston.

“The livery looks amazing and the car is ready to go so I can’t wait to get behind the wheel at the pre-season test day in Canberra on Tuesday,” van Gisbergen said.

“To have the support of Red Bull, HP, Omen, Harvey Norman, Local Legends and Hoosier is great and has made this new challenge possible, so thank you to everyone for getting behind me for this event.

“The test day tomorrow will be one that is particularly important for me, and I will take every opportunity to learn the car and the Canberra roads. It will also be a great opportunity to work alongside Glen who has a lot of experience in the Australian Championship and in Canberra.

“I can’t wait to get out there as we prepare for the Netier National Capital Rally in April.”

Motorsport Australia Director of Motorsport & Commercial Operations Michael Smith said having van Gisbergen compete in the ARC had already generated plenty of interest.

“The RSEA Safety Motorsport Australia Rally Championship is in great shape ahead of what will be a massive 2022 across seven rounds,” Smith said.

“With Shane competing in round one, we can certainly expect plenty of attention to be focused on Canberra both during and in the lead up to this event which is a positive for all competitors, ARC partners and most importantly, rally fans.

“In speaking to competitors, we know they are excited too and will no doubt give crews an extra bit of motivation to perform strongly in Canberra.

“I think everyone would agree the car looks amazing and we are pleased to be welcoming Shane to the ARC in 2022.”

The RSEA Safety Motorsport Australia Rally Championship pre-season test day takes place on 8 March in Canberra, while the opening round of the ARC, the Netier National Capital Rally, will be held on 1-3 April.

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