Fast, hard and aggressive, he has dragged his way to the top of the Supercars championship by fearing no one and terrorising everyone.
And that is exactly why the man vying for his first V8 title has a gigantic target slapped across his back heading into this weekend’s penultimate round at Pukekohe Raceway in New Zealand.
The Daily Telegraph can reveal at least three leading drivers are out to ruin the Red Bull Racing Australia driver’s championship dream.
After being bashed and bruised by the fastest man this year, the championship failures will be looking to exact revenge on Van Gisbergen by helping his teammate Jamie Whincup win the title by punting him from the track.
“I have had enough of his rubbish,’’ said one of the drivers.
“He has no respect for anyone. Now that he has a fast car he thinks he can bump into anyone he wants. He shoves everyone out there and there is no need for it. He has the fastest car and doesn’t need to carry on like that to get past.
“I will be looking for him for sure.’’
Another driver said he would take “his chance’’ if he found himself alongside the No.97 Commodore.
After another dominant round on the Gold Coast, Van Gisbergen goes into the Auckland sprint leading the championship by 148 points.
And with just six races over the final two rounds left, only a series of failures will stop him from becoming the sport’s newest champion.
“I don’t know what the equations are and I don’t really care,” Van Gisbergen said.
“We’ve just got to get as many points as we can.”
But don’t expect the threat of being taken out by one of his rivals to do anything to stop Van Gisbergen’s rage.
After all, he recently said, “Back in the day I just wanted to win every race and just kill everybody.’’
This weekend he will be looking to seal the championship on home soil and also win the trophy named after his fallen countryman Jason Richards.
“It’d be awesome,” he said of winning the JR Trophy.
“A Kiwi hasn’t won it yet, so it’d be pretty cool. He was an inspiration for me growing up and when I first started in the series he was very welcoming and encouraging, so it’d be cool.
“He was a great guy and getting that trophy would be pretty special.”
Winning the championship in his backyard would also be an added bonus for the sport’s latest big thing.
“It’s just what I grew up being there watching,’’ Van Gisbgern said.
“It was where it all started for me. So getting to race at it and be one of the five Kiwi guys is pretty cool.”