2 Feb 2013

SBR make take legal action against Shane van Gisbergen

6:18 am on 2 February 2013

The young New Zealand motor racing driver Shane van Gisbergen's plan to return to full-time driving in the Australian V8 Supercars has his former team contemplating legal action.

Stone Brothers Racing released van Gisbergen from the final three years of his contract in December after the 23-year-old revealed he'd lost his passion for motor sport.

But last month, just eight weeks after his final race for SBR, van Gisbergen announced plans to race in this year's championship with Holden team Tekno Autosports.

SBR owner Ross Stone says the decision to release one of the best young drivers in the championship hadn't been taken lightly but they had taken his personal reasons into account.

An SBR statement claims the termination agreement between SBR and van Gisbergen includes a clause barring him from testing, practising or racing with a V8 Supercars team in 2013.

For that reason, SBR say they are contemplating legal action to stop van Gisbergen driving with Tekno.