SVG on track for Sandown Supercars

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Injured Supercars star Shane Van Gisbergen appears to be winning the battle to feature at this weekend's Sandown SuperSprint.

The championship leader after his back-to-back wins at the season-opening event in Bathurst last month injured his collarbone in a mountain biking accident at the start of March.

Having undergone surgery, there were fears van Gisbergen would be unable to compete at the second round of the Supercars calendar but team bosses say his progress so far has been encouraging.

"If you had asked us a week ago, maybe even five days ago, what the chances of Plan A rolling out as scripted were, then I would say about 60 per cent," Triple Eight's Jessica Dane told

"With a few more days under our belts, his recovery has really accelerated.

"We can probably say we're more about maybe 80 per cent coming into the weekend of rolling out Plan A."

Van Gisbergen will test his ability to drive his Red Bull Ampol Racing Commodore in Saturday's practice at Sandown before a final decision on whether he'll race this weekend is made.

"We still have to wait and see until he does the real thing come Saturday at Sandown," Dane said.

It is expected if the New Zealander is deemed unfit, he will be replaced by endurance co-driver Garth Tander for the weekend's three 36-lap races.