• March 3, 2019

Andre Heimgartner has enjoyed a potential-proving season-opening Adelaide 500 event aboard the Plus Fitness Racing Nissan Altima.

Across both 250km races held this weekend the Kelly Racing driver fought for top ten positions. While ultimately he would settle for a pair of 13th places when a number of things went awry, the Melbourne-based Kiwi said there was a lot of positives to take from the event.

“In race one we rolled the dice with a first lap splash and dash strategy and unfortunately for us there was not one safety car all race,” he said.

“As a result I was running out of fuel on the last lap so I just had to do my best to get it over the line – luckily we only lost one position in the process and I brought it home in 13th.

“On Sunday we repeated the splash and dash strategy and this time it worked much better. I had moved up from a starting position of 17th to be trying to pass for eighth but unfortunately I had a bit of a spin and ended up having to settle for another 13th placing,” said Heimgartner, who was also contending with a badly blistered finger during the final race of the weekend.

“Of course I am disappointed to have thrown it away like that, but at the end of the day you have to have a bit of a crack don’t you.

“It is what it is and we will move forward. Even though we didn’t quite reach the potential I know we had this weekend it was a strong outing for us and we know the top tens are there – we will be doing all we can to make sure we clinch them at the next round in a couple of weeks’ time.”

Heimgartner and Kelly Racing will next be on-track with the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship for the Beaurepaires Melbourne 400 across March 14-17.

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