Andre has three sisters, one older than him now perusing a medical related career at university. His mother is a Chartered Accountant and Mark his Dad is a Manufacturing Engineer and Company Director. Mark has raced extensively at club level with in New Zealand and has been a successful competitor in GT1.
Andre recently completed year 12 at Saint Kentigern Collage in Auckland. He has also played soccer for the Fencibles Club where he played premiere soccer for his grade.
Andre has been racing competitively since the age of 7 – moving through karting classes of Cadet, Junior Restricted and Junior Yamaha. Due to his father’s motorsport commitments Andre competed almost exclusively at club level, mostly with the Mount Wellington Kart Club where he won numerous podiums.
Progressing at the age of 12 he obtained his National Race Licence and spent two seasons in the New Zealand Formula First championship. Andre and his father purchased an undeveloped poor performing car and spent this period learning race engineering skills. Valuable track time and racing skills were developed by Andre during the two seasons he spent in the class.
2009 saw Andre’s entry into Formula Ford. A 1995 Van Diemen Stealth was purchased in April and provided the platform for Andre’s assault of the Formula Ford Winter Series, the South island Championship and the National Championship during 2009/2010. Andre ran with the successful Motorsport Solutions team based at Ruapuna, Christchurch.
Andre went on to have a successful season, dominating the 2009/10 Winter Series, along with the South Island Formula Ford Championship – while finishing 6th in 2009/10 NZ Formula Ford championship despite missing the final round.
After the main events, it was time for Heimgartner to shine in the enduro’s – taking the number one spot in the Mini challenge class at the Altherm 4 hour enduro, run at Hampton Downs.
This was before he would head to Australia and compete in the Formula Ford Fiesta championship, in which he would end up fourth.
The 2010/11 NZ Formula Ford season was a different story altogether as a step up into modern technology in the form of the 2010 Mygale chassis brought new life in the now 15 year old.
Heimgartner dominated the season, taking both the Ron Frost Memorial and Morri Smith trophies along the way. Taking eight wins over the season, Heimgartner went on to take the title with races to spare at the Grand Final at Taupo Motorsport Park.
Endurance racing in a 996 GT3 Porsche taking out third place. Again driving the enduros in a RSR Porsche, leading from start to within 3 minutes of the end when a termal engine issue caused retirement.
The following year Andre went on to win the Formula Ford Championship for the second time in a row, with a 85% winning percentage.
In 2012 Heimgartner successfully competed in the Australian Porsche Carrera Cup Championship and the V8 Supertourers in New Zealand. Finishing in the top 10 in both classes.
Andre competes in both the Supercar Development series ( Dunlop Series) in Australia and the V8 Supertourers in New Zealand in 2012. Supercars and Supertourers are the two highest profile classes in Australasia with wide public appeal. In New Zealand he is fast becoming recognized as our next potential young gun in the Supercar main game, so is followed closely by media.
Bathurst 12 hour 2013. Won class D driving a Turbo M3 BMW. Also co-commentated the Formula Ford at this event and is increasingly seen to have an effective public personality. As a graduate of the NZ Elite Motorsport Academy at the Otago University , Andre is one of the new breed who are acutely aware of the business aspect of their relationships with key supporters.