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  • January 24, 2016

It’s been a busy couple of weeks of racing for me with two successful rounds competing as part of the BNT NZ Touring Car Championship. BNT NZ Touring Cars – Round 4 - Ruapuna With time in my schedule and new sponsorship thanks to Bartercard, I was invited to step into the BNT NZ Touring Car Championship for Round 4, taking place at Ruapuna. It’s always good to be back in a NZ Touring Car. They are similar to a V8 Supercar in many ways, both in power and tyre size and are quite a reliable setup with a Quaife gearbox and Ford 9 inch diff. Ruapuna is a track I know very well, with...

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Bring On 2016!

  • January 19, 2016

An exciting new career challenge lies ahead for Andre in 2016. After a strong debut season in V8 Supercars during 2015, this year sees him entering the ultra-competitive world of GT racing. Whilst the differences between driving a V8 Supercar and a GT racer are numerous, the goal for Andre is exactly the same for both classes. And that is to win. “My goal for 2016 is simple,” says Andre. “And that is to win the Australian GT Championship.” Andre will be driving a Melbourne Performance Centre prepared Audi R8 in not only the Australian GT Championship, but also the Australian Endurance...

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  • January 15, 2016

Ask any V8 Supercar driver if they were inspired by someone when they were younger and you will always get a “Yes”, and not surprisingly, it is usually someone in motorsport. Andre is no different. So, who inspired him to reach the pinnacle of his chosen profession? “It’s probably the cliché Kiwi one, Greg Murphy,” says Andre without hesitation. Greg Murphy is one the biggest names in V8 Supercars. Winning four rounds at his home circuit at Pekekohe in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005, and becoming the King of Pekekohe in the process. He’s also won the Bathurst 1000 four times,...

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  • January 5, 2016

The rarefied world of V8 Supercars is an expensive place to spend your time. As a result, sponsors play a vital role, providing the necessary funds. Like any investment, sponsors need a return on that investment. Further to this, fans crave as much information as possible about their favourite drivers and love interacting close up with their idols. This is where a modern driver becomes a critical component in providing publicity and engaging in the ever expanding media requirements of a top professional driver. Andre has had to adapt to the challenge of this environment. “During the weekend,...

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