Heimgartner set for take two at Hidden Valley
The Virgin Australia Supercars will head to Hidden Valley for a consecutive weekend of racing at the CoreStaff Darwin SuperSprint. Andre Heimgartner who had mixed results last weekend is hopeful that a short-turn around and same track event will be of advantage.
Usually weeks in-between rounds, giving teams plenty of time to tune cars; this time around there were just five days to prepare the cars before a second outing.
“I think it’s great having these back-to-back events,” admitted Heimgartner.
“Everything is fresh in our heads and it gives us a chance to go through the data, go again and better the weekend before.
“Obviously last weekend was a real mixed round at Darwin. We certainly had some pace and we were quick at the start of the weekend, so we just have to make sure that going into this round we come out fast and qualify well to give ourselves a good start.”
The CoreStaff SuperSprint will again host knock-out style qualifying, a top 15 shootout and three 38-lap races across the two days. However, the switch to soft compound tyres only will be the biggest change. Teams will be allocated five sets of soft tyres to use across the weekend.
“Tyre degradation at Darwin is low compared to some other tracks we go to and being shorter races, we can afford to run on softs,” admitted the NED Whisky racer.
“However, with only 5 sets allocated, we will obviously have to think about strategy and how we allocate the tyres across all of the sessions. For example, we won’t be able to chuck on fresh sets for every session so, it’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out.”
On another positive, Heimgartner admits that the team has been making the most out of a difficult situation and has enjoyed spending time with the Kelly Racing team.
“We’ve been able to do a bit of sight-seeing and it’s obviously been great to spend some time with all the crew and do stuff that we don’t normally get to do,” said the 25-year old.
“I’m grateful that we’re still able to go racing through all of this and am thankful to the team for that.
“Hopefully we can have a good weekend and chase down a spot on that podium.”
The Supercars hit the track for practice one Saturday 22nd August, 8:55am and will be broadcast live on Fox Sports and Kayo. Check your guides for local times - https://www.supercars.com/tv-schedule/