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Kid Dynamite. V8 Supercar Program Feature Profile.

  • April 11, 2016

There have been a host of great V8 Supercar drivers to come out of New Zealand; Greg Murphy, Paul Radisich, Steven Richards, Shane van Gisbergen, Scott McLaughlin, Fabian Coulthard...all hailed from the land of the long white cloud. Now, there is another name to add to the list, Andre Heimgartner. Racing for the all Kiwi Super Black Racing, Heimgartner has the pressure of a nation on his shoulders. In his rookie season, the 20 year old from Auckland has earned himself a number of high profile supporters – namely Prodrive Racing Australia boss Tim Edwards. Although there have been some...

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STRONG CONCLUSION TO BUMPY DARWIN FOR HEIMGARTNER

  • June 16, 2019

Plus Fitness Racing driver Andre Heimgartner has put a full stop on a somewhat bumpy BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown campaign with a strong P11 finish in the NT this afternoon. Despite car setup issues, some on-track bump and grind, soaring temperatures and fading tyres, the 24 year old showed plenty of promise across the event, including a P9 qualifying position on Saturday and plenty of race time in the top ten. “We tried a new car setup for this weekend and on Friday it was pretty clear that we had a fair way to go until we had our heads around it fully,” Heimgartner explains. “Saturday...

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MEGA DRIVE PUNCTUATES POSITIVE WINTON FOR HEIMGARTNER

  • May 26, 2019

Andre Heimgartner turned plenty of heads on Saturday at the Truck Assist Winton SuperSprint, charging from a starting position of 21st to finish the 120km race in 8th position. The strong results continued in Sunday’s 200km race, where the 23 year old ran inside the top ten throughout before bringing his #7 Plus Fitness Racing Nissan Altima home in 11th despite battling tyre wear in the latter stages. “On Saturday I was pretty happy to come home in eighth position, we never thought that would be the outcome starting from 21st,” Heimgartner said. “In qualifying on Saturday it was just...

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HEIMGARTNER AND SAKAMOTO RACE TO 2ND IN BLANCPAIN GT ASIA CHAMPIONSHIP

  • May 12, 2019

Andre Heimgartner teamed up with Yuya Sakamoto to race the HubAuto Corsa team’s Ferrari 488 GT3 to P2 in the Blancpain GT Asia Championship in Thailand this weekend. The weekend’s event at the Chang International Circuit was round two of the six-round Blancpain GT Asia Championship and Melbourne-based Kiwi Heimgartner plans to compete in the rest of the series as part of the HubAuto Corsa team. Over two races, Heimgartner and Sakamoto brought home a fourth position and a second position, securing the team sufficient points to move from third to second on the championship ladder with...

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TOP SIX GOES WANTING IN PERTH AFTER CONTACT

  • May 5, 2019

Andre Heimgartner put in a stellar drive in the final race of the Pirtek Perth SuperNight on Saturday evening only to have a potential top six finish taken away when a passing move by another driver went wrong. Heimgartner had started the twelfth race of the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship on the third row of the grid after a strong qualifying performance that Saturday morning. After his final pit stop the 23 year old was sixth on the road and set to race to the end, however Scott Pye soon attempted an inside passing manoeuvre, bounced off the kerb and spun Heimgartner’s #7 Plus...

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BREAKTHROUGH PODIUM FOR HEIMGARTNER AT THE ISLAND

  • April 14, 2019

Andre Heimgartner has broken through for a podium finish at the WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint this weekend. With a third-place finish in Saturday’s race, Heimgartner secured his second Supercars podium result and his first as a solo driver (following the third place he achieved at the 2017 Gold Coast 600 as Tim Slade’s co-driver). The #7 Plus Fitness Nissan Altima driver had started on the second row of the grid for the 120km/27 lap race after qualifying fourth and while he was jumped by his Kelly Racing team boss Rick Kelly at the start, with great car speed he was able to get that...

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TOUGH TASSIE FOR HEIMGARTNER

  • April 7, 2019

It has been a tough weekend in Tasmania for Plus Fitness Racing driver Andre Heimgartner for the Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint. With Phillip Island’s WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint coming up fast next weekend (April 12-14), the 23 year old Kelly Racing pilot is hoping to quickly put the last few days behind him. “It has been a bit of a disappointing weekend, but we did what we could with what we had,” Heimgartner said. “In both sessions of qualifying things were a bit out of our hands – we couldn’t lay down a lap in the first one due to an engine misfire which was really...

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HEIMGARTNER LEADS KELLY RACING AT MELBOURNE 400

  • March 17, 2019

Andre Heimgartner has lead the way for Kelly Racing at the weekend’s Beaurepaires Melbourne 400. The 22-year-old Melbourne-based Kiwi finished three of the four races for the weekend as the best-placed Nissan driver, bringing home a top nine result in the process. All this was despite the driver and crew for the #7 Plus Fitness Nissan Altima struggling to nail down the correct set-up across the event. “In the first race of the event on Friday we brought home 15th in what was a frustrating day with a lack of car speed, but we tuned it up that night to get better tyre life for Saturday’s...

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STRONG SEASON OPENER FOR HEIMGARTNER IN ADELAIDE

  • March 3, 2019

Andre Heimgartner has enjoyed a potential-proving season-opening Adelaide 500 event aboard the Plus Fitness Racing Nissan Altima. Across both 250km races held this weekend the Kelly Racing driver fought for top ten positions. While ultimately he would settle for a pair of 13th places when a number of things went awry, the Melbourne-based Kiwi said there was a lot of positives to take from the event. “In race one we rolled the dice with a first lap splash and dash strategy and unfortunately for us there was not one safety car all race,” he said. “As a result I was running out of fuel...

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HEIMGARTNER ENDS 2018 ON A CAREER-BEST HIGH

  • November 25, 2018

  Andre Heimgartner has ensured the last event of the 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship was a great one, coming home with a career-best solo driver race finish on Sunday at the Coates Hire Newcastle 500. Earlier in the day, the Plus Fitness racer made it to his second-consecutive Top Ten Shootout, claiming 9th on the grid for today’s 250km race which saw him overcome a failed cool suit to carve his way through to 6th position. Sunday didn’t have exclusivity on impressive drives from the 23 year old either, with the Melbourne-based Kiwi driving from the rear of the grid...

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HEIMGARTNER CHARGES TO TOP 8 AT HOME

  • November 5, 2018

Andre Heimgartner has powered to an equal-season-best finish of 8th at his home-track of Pukekohe Raceway on Sunday after a strong showing in the #7 Plus Fitness Nissan Motorsport Altima. Heimgartner started the day with his third Top Ten Shootout appearance (his first came in 2015 and his second in March of this year), laying down a 1m 03.428s as the first shootout entrant to lay down a lap. After starting the race from the fifth row on the grid, the 23 year old Melbourne-based Kiwi moved quickly to be inside the top five by the first pit stop, re-joining in 11th position. In an intense...

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