Heimgartner excited to go back racing
It’s been a long four months since the roar of the Supercars around a racetrack, so it’s no surprise that Andre Heimgartner of the NED Racing Mustang is itching to get back behind the wheel this weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Although the “off” time has been nothing short of quiet for the young stallion, having had the BP Supercars All Stars Eseries, he admits he is definitely looking forward to this weekend.
“I can’t wait to actually drive something rather than a simulator,” laughed Heimgartner.
“It’s going to be very interesting heading into this round, with all the different rules and regulations. Obviously pit stops will be a noticeable change, with only two gunners allowed rather than the usual four – it’ll be challenging that’s for sure.”
This weekend will also see a revised schedule, including three 130km races and a Top 15 Shootout across two action-packed days.
“It’s going to be a very different way of going racing for us. No crowd there, less staff; it’s going to be a real challenge for everyone,” said the 25-year old.
“There are very small gaps in between the sessions, so the importance of rolling the car out fast, straight away is paramount.”
Undeniably, what will be the biggest talking point is watching the drivers dust off the cobwebs and how quickly they can adapt back into real-life racing after a long ten weeks of simulator racing.
“It’ll be interesting to also see how quickly we can all fit back into the real racing world after having spent so long on the simulators; things like having fixed set ups and being able to press esc. during practice if you’re spearing off, or even the dive-bombs; obviously there’s none of that in our actual race cars, so I can’t wait to see how everyone adapts back into reality,” admitted Heimgartner.
The Supercars last visited the Sydney Motorsport Park circuit in 2018 after the event was removed from the 2019 calendar, where Heimgartner finished up 24th after a tough weekend. There’s no doubt that with a long-awaited return and Heimgartner’s last visit not so great, that the Kiwi will be pushing hard this weekend.
The Sydney SuperSprint will be broadcast on Saturday June 27 and Sunday June 28 from 11am on Fox Sports and Kayo, with highlights on Saturday and Sunday night on Ten Bold and Network Ten.