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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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2020 CALLING FOR HEIMGARTNER AS NISSAN ERA DRAWS TO A CLOSE AFTER SOLID NEWCASTLE

  • November 24, 2019

The final round of the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship in Newcastle has brought to a close the ‘Nissan era’ for Kelly Racing and also for Andre Heimgartner. 2020 will not only see Heimgartner continue on with the Kelly Racing team for a third year and on a new multi-year contract; he will also be steering one of the team’s brand new Ford Mustangs with the Altimas officially now retired from the main game. “It is sad to see the ‘Datsun farewell tour’ now officially draw to a close,” Heimgartner said. “I have really enjoyed driving the Nissans with Kelly...

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SANDOWN 500 TOP EIGHT BELIES CAR SPEED FOR HEIMGARTNER

  • November 10, 2019

After starting on the front row for the Penrite Oil Sandown 500, the #7 Plus Fitness Nissan Altima Andre Heimgartner has shared with Bryce Fullwood across the PIRTEK Enduro Cup was brought home in eighth position after 500km of tough racing today. While a undeniably strong result for the Melbourne-based Kiwi and his co-driver, the top eight finishing position does not tell the full story of the speed and potential shown by the #7 and its drivers across the weekend. That potential was clearly on-show during Saturday’s proceedings, with the pair impressing during the qualifying races. Heimgartner...

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SANDOWN CALLING FOR HEIMGARTNER

  • October 27, 2019

Following a difficult weekend at the Vodafone Gold Coast 600, Andre Heimgartner is hoping next month’s final round of the PIRTEK Enduro Cup – the Sandown 500 – will yield better results for his #7 Plus Fitness Kelly Racing Nissan Altima. The weekend on the streets of Surfers Paradise got off to a good start for the Melbourne-based Kiwi, with Heimgartner making his way into his first Gold Coast Top Ten Shootout and the second of his career to start Saturday’s race from the fourth row on the grid. Saturday’s race was initially looking like a strong outing for Heimgartner and his co-driver...

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DOUBLE-HEARTBREAK FOR HEIMGARTNER AT THE MOUNTAIN

  • October 14, 2019

After impressing at the pointy end for the majority of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, disaster heartbreakingly struck not once, but twice for Andre Heimgartner in the closing stages of the race. The 24-year old Melbourne based Kiwi was sharing the #7 Plus Fitness Nissan Altima for Kelly Racing with Bryce Fullwood at the weekend. After fantastic performances by both drivers across the first three-quarters of the race, Heimgartner was fourth on the road and in-sight of third position. It was then on lap 146 that the first disaster struck – Heimgartner was inadvertently called to the pits...

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LADY LUCK GIVETH & TAKETH AWAY FOR HEIMGARTNER AT HOME

  • September 16, 2019

Kelly Racing driver Andre Heimgartner experienced both sides of lady luck in New Zealand at the weekend for the ITM Auckland SuperSprint. After benefiting from a well-timed safety car in Saturday’s race, Sunday saw the 24 year old Kiwi disadvantaged along with a large number of his competitors by safety car complications in Sunday’s 70 lap outing. On Saturday, Heimgartner was able to turn around a qualifying position of 16th to a top ten finish with a race result of 8th in the #7 Plus Fitness Nissan Altima. His race strategy was helped along the way thanks to a safety car being...

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TOP FIVE HIGHLIGHTS HEIMGARTNER’S BEND EXPERIENCE

  • August 26, 2019

Andre Heimgartner’s time at the OTR SuperSprint at the weekend was highlighted by a top five finish in Saturday’s race aboard the #7 Plus Fitness Nissan Altima. The Kelly Racing pilot started Saturday well by charging through all three qualifying sessions to ultimately start the race from the third row on the grid. After picking up a spot in the opening laps, the 24 year old who has been the subject of plenty of praise this season put in a calculated race to bring home fifth place and the best result of the four-strong Kelly Racing team for the day. “Saturday’s race was good...

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LUCKY 7 FOR HEIMGARTNER AT QUEENSLAND RACEWAY

  • July 28, 2019

Andre Heimgartner has brought home a strong seventh placing and improved his championship position in the process at the Century Batteries Ipswich SuperSprint today. After a late-race braking issue in Saturday’s race saw Heimgartner forced to settle for 12th after having looked set for a ninth placing, the Melbourne-based Kiwi looked exceptionally comfortable in Sunday’s 65 lap stanza. The Kelly Racing pilot is now 13th in the championship standings following the weekend’s event, which saw plenty of speed for the #7 Plus Fitness Nissan Altima. “After some of the luck we have...

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BEN BLACKBURN RACING CONTINUES ANDRE HEIMGARTNER SPONSORSHIP

  • July 26, 2019

Ben Blackburn Racing has announced continued sponsorship for Supercars driver Andre Heimgartner. Heimgartner, who is also the Ambassador for Ben Blackburn Racing, said he was grateful for the ongoing sponsorship and support."I’m so thankful for the continued support from Ben,” said Heimgartner. "Ben’s knowledge in public relations is highly regarded and I’m grateful to have his experience and backing. “Having created the Andre Heimgartner Fan Page on Facebook and assisting in building a positive fan base has been great and without the support of fans and of course the personal...

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HEIMGARTNER HOLDS ON THROUGH DAMAGE-HEAVY TOWNSVILLE

  • July 7, 2019

Andre Heimgartner and his #7 Plus Fitness Racing Nissan Altima have endured a tough Watpac Townsville 400, with the 24 year old holding on to bring it home in 12th and 15th despite being the victim of costly contact each day. On Saturday, the #7 started from eighth on the grid and a great start saw the Melbourne-based Kiwi jump up to sixth early before contact from another car to the rear of his Kelly Racing Altima saw him fall back to ninth place. The hit cost him valuable time in the pits as well, with significant damage to the rear bumper meaning it had to be removed during his pit stop,...

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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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