• 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 the challenges thrown at them, a never give up attitude from both drivers coupled with some strong moves on the track saw the #7 entry come home in 16th position.

“Any day at the Mountain is a good day but at the same time, it was frustrating for us out there today,” Heimgartner explained.

“We had the car dialled in and it was right in the window at exactly the time we wanted it to be, but all that amounted to not a lot in the end for us as we lost a significant amount of time. We lost over a minute in one of the pit stops, and that kind of time stationary really puts you up against it.

“To know that you had the car under you to finish much higher than you did is something that is very frustrating for everyone involved.

“Aaren did a solid job today and he and I will regroup now and look ahead to the Gold Coast, hopefully we can avoid losing that kind of time on the streets of Surfers Paradise and bring home a representative result for the #7.”

Andre Heimgartner will next be on-track with Nissan Motorsport and the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship at the Vodafone Gold Coast 600 across October 19-21, 2018.

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