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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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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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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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