The factors chief broke his collarbone lower than a fortnight in the past whereas mountain biking and, following surgical procedure, has been in a race in opposition to time to be match for this weekend’s three Sandown races.
The damage bought its first correct exercise throughout this morning’s first half-hour observe session, permitting van Gisbergen to evaluate whether or not he’ll have the ability to get via the weekend.
Tempo wasn’t a problem, van Gisbergen main the way in which early and solely slipping again to seventh regardless of not operating new tyres.
And, whereas admitting it was uncomfortable, he says the ache wasn’t dangerous sufficient to distract him from driving the automotive.
“On the out-lap I hit the Flip 2 kerb and knew it was both going to be good or not,” he informed Fox Sports activities.
“It was painful, however I can get round. It is as I hoped. I can drive and I am not occupied with the ache. It is hurting the ribs a bit however I am driving with a transparent head.”
He did, nevertheless, cease brief at confirming he’ll keep within the automotive all weekend: “I do not know,” he stated when pressed in a TV interview by Garth Tander, the driving force on standby if van Gisbergen elects to not race.
Triple Eight physio Chris Brady painted a extra optimistic image throughout the session, explaining that van Gisbergen wasn’t feeling ache in any areas that might increase concern.
“He simply stated he was sore, which is what we anticipated him to be, however the excellent news is he’s sore within the locations we’re okay with and he’s not sore within the locations we might be frightened about,” Brady stated.
“We don’t need him to be sore in any respect anyplace close to the bone however we’re actually comfy that he’s sore in all of the muscle mass.
“He hasn’t moved for 2 weeks, aside from the assorted checks we’ve completed on him, so it’s nearly as good as we might get proper now.”