Supercars – Kiwi local Heimgartner impresses at Auckland SuperSprint
Kiwi local Andre Heimgartner has scored an impressive result in the final race of the ITM Auckland SuperSprint at Pukekohe Park today.
The #7 Plus Fitness driver completed the race in eighth place after a strong qualifying performance that saw him make the Top 10 Shootout.
The only sour note for Heimgartner was a first lap incident with Erebus driver Anton de Pasquale, which will be reviewed by the stewards post-race.
Michael Caruso was the next best Nissan finisher, coming home 17th after a difficult qualifying session. The Industrial Athlete Nissan picked up debris in qualifying, hurting his lap time and started back in 18th. Caruso pitted early, hoping for a Safety Car, but it never arrived. His pace, however, was strong and he is looking forward to heading to Newcastle in three weeks time.
Simona De Silvestro showed a great turn of speed, qualifying 16th and eventually finishing 18th. The Swiss driver felt that tyre life cost her more places, however, after a difficult Saturday, was happy to see her fortunes turn around.
Rick Kelly’s Castrol Nissan was out of contention on the opening lap after being the innocent victim in someone else’s incident. Kelly was shoved wide at the hairpin on Lap 1 which bent his steering, making for a long day behind the wheel of his #15 entry.
The final round of the 2018 Supercars Championship will be held on the streets of Newcastle on November 23-25.
#7 PLUS FITNESS RACING ANDRE HEIMGARTNER
“Yeah, it was a good solid day. It’s always good to be in the top 10 and then go up a couple of spots,” said Andre Heimgartner. “It was a good day of racing and I’m really happy with it. Yesterday was frustrating, getting double stacked in pit lane, so we were able to avoid all of that today. I had clear air and it was a really solid result.”