Supercars racers Shane van Gisbergen and Andre Heimgartner are free to return to Australia from New Zealand under updated travel regulations between the two nations.

The two New Zealanders were temporarily stranded in their homeland after competing in the recent New Zealand Grand Prix, after a community COVID-19 case saw Australia suspend the trans-Tasman travel bubble.

However it was announced today that the green zone has been reinstated, opening the door for both drivers to return to Australia early this week without any quarantine or isolation requirements.

The pair helped bolster the NZGP grid in what became a Kiwi All Stars race, due to European drivers being unable to travel to NZ for the Toyota Racing Series season.

Van Gisbergen won the race in dramatic circumstances, while Heimgartner was left with fractures in his hand after a crash early in the weekend.

The unexpected suspension of the travel bubble, announced last Monday and extended on Thursday, left both drivers at risk of needing to go through two weeks of mandatory hotel quarantine to get back into Australia ahead of the Supercars season.

Had that been the case van Gisbergen would have definitely missed the Queensland Raceway pre-season test, scheduled for February 12, while Heimgartner would have been at serious risk of missing the Winton test on February 16.

However, both had a window of opportunity to make the opening round – had the suspension still been in force.

The 2021 Supercars Championship kicks off with the Mount Panorama 500 on 26-28 February.

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