Top ten finish for Heimgartner in Darwin
It was a mixed weekend for Andre Heimgartner at the BetEasy Darwin SuperSprint. The 25-year old couldn’t quite make the results stick, with a best place finish of ninth in Saturday’s race.
The NED Whisky racer started off strong at the beginning of the weekend and showed potential, qualifying 13th and finishing up ninth.
“Saturday, we showed that we had some pace. I probably didn’t qualify well enough, but I think given we were all on hard tyres it was pretty good,” said Heimgartner.
“It was a positive that we were able to pick up four positions in the race and finish inside the top ten for the day.”
Sunday’s first qualifying session, the Kiwi qualified his best in sixth to put him on the third row of the grid for race 2. With a quick five-minute break in-between the next qualifying session and not enough time to make set up changes, a driver error forced the #7 Mustang to qualify 18th ahead of the final race.
Race 2 saw Heimgartner start with soft tyres, which were the quicker option. He managed to get a good start and held onto sixth position, although it wasn’t long before a Safety Car was called, and from there it was chaos as all cars dashed for the pits to make their compulsory stop.
Unfortunately, the NED Whisky’s pitstop cost him some positions however, the 25-year old managed to have a solid race and crossed the line in 10th.
Andre started the final race of the weekend from P18, but it wasn’t long before he had managed to pick off a couple of positions and made his way into 16th, which is where he would finish.
“It was certainly an interesting weekend for us,” admitted Heimgartner.
“We started off really well and had the pace, but unfortunately come Sunday we just didn’t tune the car up enough to suit the track conditions for the race. The second qualifying session I made an error, which wasn’t ideal and that kind of set us up for the final race.
“We’re quite lucky to be racing here again next weekend, which will be cool, so we’ve got this week to go over everything and improve the car for next time,” said Heimgartner.
The Virgin Australia Supercars will again compete at Hidden Valley next weekend for the CoreStaff Darwin SuperSprint 22-23 August.