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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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HEIMGARTNER RUES LOST OPPORTUNITY AT THE MOUNTAIN

  • October 7, 2018

Andre Heimgartner and his co-driver Aaren Russell have been left pondering what could have been after pit lane troubles saw them unable to capitalise on the speed of their #7 Castrol Nissan Altima in the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. Heimgartner qualified 13th for the big race at Mount Panorama, with the 22-year-old pleased to have a speedy car underneath him. However, as the second Nissan on the road, Heimgartner and Russell were forced to double-stack a number of times across the day. This lost time was then further compounded by other issues encountered during one of their pit stops. Despite...

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HEIMGARTNER CONFIDENT AS HE LOOKS AHEAD TO ‘THE MOUNTAIN’

  • September 16, 2018

After a stand-out appearance there last year, Andre Heimgartner is counting the days to the upcoming Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 after a Rabble.Club Sandown 500 weekend which was a lot more valuable than may have appeared on the surface. Heimgartner and co-driver Aaren Russell drove the #7 ACE Kangan Nissan Motorsport Altima to 14th position in today’s 500km race despite Russell being turned around by another competitor while in sixth position. The result follows on from an impressive Saturday which saw Heimgartner qualify the car in 6th position for the first of the two ‘races...

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EARLY SPEED GOES WANTING AT THE BEND FOR HEIMGARTNER

  • August 26, 2018

What started out as a speedy weekend at Tailem Bend turned into a weekend to forget for Andre Heimgartner who now turns his attention towards the PIRTEK Enduro Cup where he was a real surprise package in 2017. Across Friday’s two practice sessions at the OTR SuperSprint at The Bend at the weekend, the 23-year-old was 10th fastest in the #7 Plus Fitness Racing Nissan Motorsport Altima despite stray sand brought onto the track by another competitor impeding what would have been his fastest lap. Tweaks were made ahead of qualifying for Saturday, however day two of the event would see the Melbourne-based...

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Push Talent Management set for Triple Trouble this weekend

  • August 16, 2018

Victorian-based driver management company, Push Talent Management will see three of their six drivers’ compete in this weekend’s Cryo Cycle Excel Enduro Cup at Phillip Island, battling it out against a 52-car field. In an endurance set up round, the format will see two qualifying sessions, followed by two sprint races of 5-laps each, which will determine the starting position for Sunday’s 40-lap race. Number #29 entry will see 15-year old Jaylyn Robotham, who is currently competing in the Toyota 86 Series, partner up with Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge driver, Chelsea Angelo. No stranger...

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TAILEM BEND BECKONS FOR HEIMGARTNER

  • August 5, 2018

After a difficult weekend at the Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint 300, Andre Heimgartner has his sights set on the Virgin Australia Supercars’ debut at Tailem Bend later this month. The 22-year-old Kiwi says it is a case of ‘onwards and upwards’ to the OTR SuperSprint – which will be held at the new Adelaide facility across August 25 and 26 – for him and his #7 Plus Fitness Nissan Motorsport Altima. “Sydney did not go to plan, we had electrical issues practice on Friday night which hampered our preparations for the race. We qualified 17th on Saturday and had early damage in the race...

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HEIMGARTNER HOPING TO CARRY CONSISTENCY TO SYDNEY

  • July 22, 2018

Andre Heimgartner says ‘consistency’ is a key take-away from the weekend’s Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint for the 22 year old and the crew of his #7 Plus Fitness Nissan Motorsport Altima. “Early on we struggled to find that set-up sweet spot but after taking on-board some of the progress of my team-mates we were able to put together a package that saw us advance a few spots during Saturday’s race,” explained Heimgartner, who on Saturday qualified 17th and finished the race in 15th. “We made some further advancements on Saturday night and that saw us able to improve our qualifying...

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BEN BLACKBURN RACING BACK ANDRE HEIMGARTNER

  • July 20, 2018

Ben Blackburn Racing has come on board as a personal sponsor to Supercar driver, Andre Heimgartner currently competing in the 2018 Supercars Championship. Ben Blackburn Racing was established earlier this year, recently launched as a means to support selected, world-class motorsport athletes in the area of public relations and communications. "I can see a huge future ahead for Andre,” said director Ben Blackburn. “He shows such a high level of commitment to everything that he does with his training and racing, so I'm proud to be on board as a personal sponsor. "I've been promoting...

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HEIMGARTNER DIGS DEEP IN TOWNSVILLE

  • July 8, 2018

Andre Heimgartner and the crew of the #7 Plus Fitness Nissan Motorsport Altima crew dug deep to bring home a pair of 12th positions at the weekend’s Watpac Townsville 400, before Sunday's result was revised post-race to a finishing position of 11th after another driver received a penalty. Testament to the commitment and perseverance of the 23-year-old and his crew, the results came despite a difficult qualifying session on Saturday and two tough opening laps on Sunday. “On Friday we opened things with eighth fastest in practice one, before practice two and qualifying on Saturday then...

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DIFFICULT DARWIN DOESN’T DAMPEN HEIMGARTNER’S SPIRITS

  • June 17, 2018

While neither of the CrownBet Darwin TripleCrown’s races went the way of Nissan pilot Andre Heimgartner, the 22 year old Kiwi says there are still positives to take away from the event. The Melbourne resident qualified the #7 Plus Fitness Racing Altima in seventh for Saturday’s race and 12th on Sunday, after a P9 effort in practice on Friday followed improvements across the day. Despite the strong qualifying results and good car pace, both races saw Heimgartner forced to manage his entry back through the field to recover for 16th after difficult opening laps. “We started off the weekend...

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HEIMGARTNER FINDS P11 AFTER STRONG SPEED GOES WANTING AT WINTON

  • May 20, 2018

After a challenging Saturday, Andre Heimgartner and Nissan Motorsport finished their Sunday at the Winton SuperSprint knocking on the door of a top ten result in the #7 Plus Fitness Altima. The event started off strongly for Heimgartner, with the 22-year-old Kiwi bringing home the fourth and sixth fastest times in the two primary driver practice sessions on Friday. For the rest of the weekend however, Heimgartner explains that strong speed in the #7 went wanting with it just not coming together for the outfit, especially in qualifying. “On Saturday qualifying did not go to plan,...

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