A change of pace for the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, as the Pirtek Endurance Cup comes to an end and the Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport crew head to the ITM Auckland Supersprint at Pukekohe Raceway. With a week turn around after the Gold Coast 600, the Melbourne based team have worked extremely hard to prepare the cars in time to send them across to Auckland.
Kiwi, Andre Heimgartner is excited to head to his home event and hopes to put on a good show for his supporting fans.
“I’m really excited to be heading to New Zealand, it’s obviously a home round for me so it’s nice to head to a round and have all my friends and family there supporting me,” said the 21 – year old.
Heimgartner has had a lot of experience around Pukekohe Raceway, having raced in many categories there, including the NZ SuperTourers.
“I have a lot of history and experience with Pukekohe Raceway, I’ve raced in almost every category there, so I know the circuit quite well,” said Heimgarter.
Last year was the Kiwi’s first Supercars appearance at the Pukekohe circuit, after parting ways with then, Super Black Racing, making him more eager to finish with some decent results this weekend.
“I battled last year with the car and that was the last round I did there in the category, so I’m really looking forward to heading there and hopefully getting some good results,” said Heimgartner.
Plus Fitness will again continue their support on the #3 Holden VF Commodore, donning the striking blue and orange livery.
“It’s been great having Plus Fitness on board and it’s really exciting that they will continue on for my home round too. They are a great bunch of people and John (Fuller) has been a pleasure to work with,” admitted Heimgartner.
“We’ve had a bit of an up and down year, so it would be fantastic to be able to get a decent result for the Plus Fitness crew, as well as the LDM team all while being at my home track!”
Teammate, Nick Percat of the #222 Clipsal 500 Adelaide Holden Commodore is also looking to gain some better results after the Gold Coast 600 didn’t go his way.
“Gold Coast 600 definitely didn’t go to plan with McConville getting taken out in Race 1 and then after qualifying 24th for Sunday’s race, we found it hard to fight our way through the pack,” said Percat.
“So I’m really looking forward to getting some decent results this weekend.”
Percat has also had some experience at the Pukekohe circuit, having raced in the NZ SuperTourers in 2013 followed by the Supercars in 2014, where he finished 7th overall. Last year however, he finished with a DNF Sunday with accident damage and an injury to his foot sustained on the Gold Coast.
“I’m really looking forward to getting back over to New Zealand. It’s always a really good event, with big crowds and very passionate Motorsport fans, so it’s a good one for the teams and drivers because you defiantly feel very welcomed and appreciated when you’re over there,” said Percat.
“New Zealand’s format is a little bit unique, obviously no pit stops this year, four shorter races, short qualifying sessions so with no strategy in the actual race it’s going to be crucial to get that lap out of the car in qualifying and it’s important we make sure we qualify up at the pointy end as it can be a difficult track to pass.”
The South Australian Tourism Commission and the Clipsal 500 Adelaide will also continue their support this weekend on the 28 – year olds Holden VF Commodore.
“It’s great to have the South Australia and Clipsal 500 backing continue on the livery for this round, I’m hoping we can come away with some decent results for them,” said the Adelaide bred Percat.
The ITM Auckland Supersprint kicks off around Pukukohe Raceway on November 4 – 6 with the first practice session on Friday 4th November at 10:25am.
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