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GOLD COAST RAINS ON HEIMGARTNER’S PARADE

  • October 21, 2018

Torrential rain and a decision to cancel today’s final race of the Gold Coast 660 has seen a potential race victory go wanting for Andre Heimgartner and his co-driver Aaren Russell this afternoon.

Heimgartner started the race in dry conditions while thunder clouds threatened overhead, making a number of moves through the field before Nissan Motorsport made a strategic early pit stop for the #7 Plus Fitness Nissan Altima.

That decision would see them third on the road and the first pairing in the lead group to have had both drivers at the wheel by the time the first race suspension was called for unsafe conditions.

Supercars management attempted to get the race back underway soon after, however the heavens had more torrential rain, thunder and lightning in store for the field and the decision was then made to not restart the race.

Not only did the race not resume, it was declared cancelled with no points awarded as it had not reached the 50 percent race distance marker at the time of its cancellation.

“As racers we all want to race, but sometimes that just isn’t possible and they have to make the big calls for safety’s sake,” said Heimgartner, who took home third-place in the Sunday Gold Coast race last year when co-driving with Tim Slade after an exceptionally impressive performance in wet conditions.

“If it had been classified as a declared race rather than cancelled we would have won it, as we were the only entry in that lead bunch to have put both drivers in the car; but it is what it is.

“The race start was not too bad, we had the clouds threatening over head and knew that some pretty big weather was coming. I just put my head down and tried to make as many spots as I could before we executed our early pit stop which certainly worked how we had envisaged strategy-wise!

“Aaren has done another great job this weekend, he is a solid and reliable co-driver and it has been great having him on-board.”

The promising start to today’s race followed on from a less than ideal Saturday for Heimgartner where a passenger door which would not stay closed forced an extra pit stop for the #7, seeing him finish that race in 19th.

Heimgartner will next be on-track with Nissan Motorsport for the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship ITM Auckland SuperSprint – the 23 year old’s home round.

“I always look forward to heading home and I love racing at the Auckland SuperSprint,” Heimgartner said.

“Hopefully we can bring home a strong result for all of our supporters at home, and hopefully it won’t be as wet!” he laughed.

For more information on Andre Heimgartner, visit www.andreheimgartner.com