Shane van Gisbergen will miss next weekend’s opening round of Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS after injuring himself in a mountain biking accident.
The New Zealander underwent successful surgery in Brisbane on Saturday after suffering a broken collarbone while mountain biking.
Van Gisbergen is expected to make a “smooth recovery”, according to a statement released by Triple Eight, but will sit out next weekend’s competition at Phillip Island.
His Triple Eight team-mate, Jamie Whincup, will take up the seat alongside His Highness Prince Jefri Ibrahim in the No. 888 Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo.
“While he would be medically fine to jump back into competition next week at Phillip Island, he’ll be taking it easy until Sandown in two weeks’ time,” read part of a statement from the team.
Van Gisbergen will spend his time resting up before getting back behind the wheel at the next Supercars event at Sandown International Raceway on March 20-21.