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SUPERCHEAP AUTO BATHURST 1000. ANDRE HEIMGARTNER REPORT.

  • October 17, 2015

I drove the 8 hours from Melbourne to Bathurst on Monday to help the team set up on Tuesday. A rather uninteresting drive with plenty of time to reflect on the weekend ahead. I was lucky to have my trainer with me for company. Preparing for the big race is a mammoth exercise which extends resources of every team to the limit, particularly under current financial constraints. Most teams are trading at a loss but putting on a brave face, clearly untenable long term. Bathurst is a well known track and is considered one of the world’s most challenging. It runs counter clockwise and has an elevation...

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SANDOWN 500. ANDRE HEIMGARTNER REPORT.

  • October 17, 2015

Sandown is in Melbourne so our team travelled from their homes to the track each day, about a 45 minute drive each way for me. I helped the team set up on Thursday as usual. Tony, my generous team owner, had his helicopter decked out in Superblack livery and landed at the track. Felt very privileged to have Tony’s close support, particularly given his serious health concerns. Dad arrived from NZ on Friday morning and immediately joined me at the track. Sandown is very similar to Pukekohe, as there is a horse racing track following the infield. It is also surprisingly similar in shape, however,...

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TOWNSVILLE 400. ANDRE HEIMGARTNER REPORT.

  • October 17, 2015

I flew from my cold Melbourne home to a warm 25 degree Townsville on Thursday. The circuit at Townsville is 2.86 Km long with 13 corners. It runs counter clockwise around Reid Park and the Ross Creek waterway. Only 3 corners are less than 90 degrees. It has a long 900 meter front straight with a kink taken flat. Overtaking is possible at several points but it takes balls and a skilled driver can make life very difficult for the faster car. This is my fourth drive here, first in Carrera Cup as a 16 year old. Not much has changed in 4 years, endless close proximity concrete walls requiring precision...

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SBR@WINTON SUPERSPRINT. ANDRE HEIMGARTNER REPORT.

  • October 17, 2015

On Thursday I drove my road car from my home in Melbourne the Winton circuit by myself as Dad thought this would be a good round to miss. It is a rather boring journey to the small town of Benella through dry farming and scrub country. I have seen it lusciously green, I’ve seen it parched like a desert, I have seen forest fires here, I have seen massive floods here, it has it all. But I won’t recommend moving here! I have a 2005 VW Golf now which is more reliable and presentable than my old E Series BMW. I’ve been here many times as it was the official test track for other teams I’ve...

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SBR@PERTH SUPERSPRINT – ANDRE HEIMGARTNER REPORT.

  • October 17, 2015

It always impresses me that all those big rigs carrying our cars and equipment make the journey from the East coast through the hostile interior to Perth for this meeting. This huge two way journey I am lead to believe consumes about $30,000 worth of fuel per truck! PRACTICE Two 1 hour sessions during which like other cars, we resisted using our precious new tyres. All I could do was put on a set of well used tyres and go out to do about 3 laps before coming in. After 3 laps the tyres became so bad that it became pointless. So in the end I sadly had very little practice. I was setting mid field...

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