Heim­gart­ner shows tal­ent af­ter the toug g

Sunday News - - MOTOR SPORT - DAVID LONG

AN­DRE Heim­gart­ner is steadily re­build­ing his ca­reer af­ter an early bap­tism of fire in Supercars.

Now 22, Heim­gart­ner is rac­ing this week­end in the BNT V8s at Pukekohe, one of the sup­port cat­e­gories for the Supercars ac­tion.

Af­ter three years as a Supercars main game driver, he lost his seat this year, so chose to spend most of 2017 com­pet­ing in the Car­rera Cup in Aus­tralia.

He was at Bathurst last month to com­pete in the week­end’s ac­tion in his Porsche, but when Ash Walsh was un­able to be Tim Slade’s co-driver in the big race, Heim­gart­ner got the late call up to get be­hind the wheel of a Su­per­car again.

He drove well as he and Slade fin­ished ninth, then two weeks later at the Gold Coast, with Walsh still in­jured, he and Slade fin­ished third.

What was mem­o­rable about that race was Heim­gart­ner man- ag­ing to not only be­ing in the lead for a part of it, but get­ting over 10 sec­onds ahead of ev­ery­one else.

Although the race was even­tu­ally won by Chaz Mostert, Heim­gart­ner turned a few heads with his stint in the Holden Com­modore.

‘‘It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence and to be in a team like Brad Jones Rac­ing made it a lot eas­ier,’’ Heim­gart­ner said.

‘‘Hope­fully I might do it again next year, but there’s a long way to go un­til then.

‘‘I was ob­vi­ously pretty pleased with the re­sult, it’s nice to be in a good car and have good equip­ment un­der you to do well.

‘‘It was a good week­end in the Car­rera Cup too,’’ he added.

‘‘I just missed out on the cham­pi­onship.

‘‘That was a bit dis­ap­point­ing, but it was great to get up on the podium and get a surf­board.’’

When Heim­gart­ner started in Supercars as an 18-year-old for Su­per Black Rac­ing he didn’t show the abil­ity he had at the

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