Heimgartner excited to race under lights at Sydney Motorsport Park
This weekend will see the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship head back to Sydney Motorsport Park for a consecutive round, after the Supercars calendar was yet again disrupted due to COVID-19.
Andre Heimgartner, had to make a sudden dash across the border after further restrictions were announced. What was meant to be the Winton event this weekend will now be the Truck Assist Sydney Motorsport Park round.
“It was a mad rush to get out of Victoria after the border restrictions were announced,” admitted Heimgartner.
“We got the call and within a few hours we were on the road crossing over the West Gate in the Kelly’s bus and headed for NSW.
“It’s obviously been a fair bit different and we’ve just been trying to get on with things the best we can given the situation.”
This weekend will also play host to night racing, which was last seen at the Sydney circuit in 2018. The newly revamped lighting system will be lit up for the first time at this weekend’s event.
Further alterations to this round that will differ from two weeks ago will also include limited fans permitted in the grandstands, a first since the pandemic; but noticeably the biggest change will be the different tyre compounds.
“This weekend will be interesting having the hard and softs to run. It will all come down to strategy for sure,” said the NED Whiskey pilot.
“Obviously having been there only two weeks ago, we’ll be looking at our previous data and trying to see where we can go better.
“I’m also really looking forward to racing under lights again, it’s always a lot of fun and it’s great for the fans. It’ll be cool to also see how the new setup looks too, so I can’t wait to get there and get to it!”
The Supercars hit the track for practice one at 11:45am, with qualifying and the first night race to follow at 6:25pm AEST.
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