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 had and yesterday’s braking issue, it was great to be comfortably inside the top ten at Queensland Raceway today,” Heimgartner said.
“We have had some great pace across the weekend and to carry that through qualifying and the races has been very pleasing.
“Today we qualified seventh and brought it home in seventh – I did have a go for P6 in the middle stint but it became apparent that drastic moves weren’t going to be worth the risk and so we decided to take a more measured approach to the final part of the race.
“It is a shame we didn’t leave the weekend with two top ten placings which is what I think we were certainly capable of, but overall I am pretty happy for the weekend. It is great to have some consistency back and also to be improving my position in the championship.”
The Century Batteries SuperSprint was the second event of a two-meeting trial of new parc ferme rules which demand cars are relatively untouched between each day’s qualifying and race and that each entry must start the race on the tyres they ran in qualifying that same day.
With Heimgartner consistently qualifying in the top ten since earlier this season, the 24 year old reported he was happy to see the race pace the crew were able to extract from the car despite the parc ferme restrictions.
“Balancing a qualifying car and a race car with no changes able to be made in between other than basic maintenance can be tricky but I was really pleased to have some great race pace on both Saturday and Sunday,” he said.
“On Saturday our speed in the race meant I was able to pick up five spots early on despite starting 15th, while on Sunday we retained that speed in the race while improving our qualifying result to continue our trend since Phillip Island of qualifying in the top ten at least once each event,” he said.
Heimgartner and Kelly Racing will now turn their attentions to round four of the TCR Australia Championship at Queensland Raceway (August 2-4) before they head to Adelaide’s Tailem Bend for the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship’s OTR SuperSprint (August 23-25).
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