After a three week break, Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport are looking forward to getting back to it, as they head to the Coates Hire Sydney 500 this coming weekend and take on the unforgiving street circuit around Sydney Olympic Park.
Andre Heimgartner of the #3 Plus Fitness Racing Holden Commodore, is yet to burn rubber on the challenging track in the V8 Supercar Championship, however does have experience in other categories.
In 2012, the young Kiwi claimed a career highlight of 7th in the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia series, as well competed at the Homebush circuit in the Dunlop Series in 2013 and 2014.
“I haven’t raced at Homebush since 2014’s event, so it will be interesting to see how I go,” said the 21 – year old.
“It is a very demanding track, it’s very bumpy and one of the more ‘street style’ circuits we have on the calendar, aside from the Surfers Paradise event.
“It really offers a unique sort of challenge for the entire field, and man does she have a bite when she wants to!”
This weekend will not only be the curtain closer for the 2016 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, but is also an end of an era, as the V8 Supercars will race around Sydney Olympic Park for the last time and look to head to Newcastle for the 2017’s calendar.
“Obviously this is a sad time knowing that this will be the last time that we will be racing at Homebush, but then again it is also exciting to see the Newcastle event coming on board, so it is one of those things where it is definitely a case of mixed feelings,” said Heimgartner.
“The Plus Fitness Commodore should suit the track pretty well and I have confidence that it should be one of the stronger tracks for the car, based on the balance of the car and it’s set up.
“I am certainly looking forward to pulling on the helmet and seeing what we can put together this weekend.
“For us drivers, it’s important to make sure we make the most of our last trip at this circuit and top off the year on a high and you can rest assured, I will certainly be throwing everything at it!”
Teammate, Nick Percat who will be donning a new – look livery at the Sydney Olympic Park circuit in support of the McGrath Foundation, will also be competing in his last round with the LDM team.
“It’ll be my last weekend with the Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport crew, so hopefully we can have a nice weekend and finish off the year with a good result and bring the car back nice and straight,” said the 28 – year old.
Percat is looking forward to getting back behind the wheel as he also looks to celebrate his 50th Championship round and after missing out racing at the Sydney 500 last year due to illness, he is determined to finish on a high.
“2015 I was unable to drive because I was still out with a blood infection, so I’m really eager to get there and racing the Repair Management Australia Commodore around the street style circuit,” said Percat.
“The Sydney event is a car breaker, there is no run off like the Surfers Paradise track and so it always proves for good racing.
“The curbs there are really aggressive, they can actually break components in the suspension, so as a driver you’re obviously driving the car as hard and as fast as possible, but you have to be a little bit careful especially later in the race.
“It’s a big event for me, with lots of appearances and mingling with the fans as my personal sponsor, Coates Hire are naming rights of the round, so I can’t wait to get there and be a part of the atmosphere” said Percat.
The Coates Hire Sydney 500 kicks off around Sydney Olympic Park on December 2 – 4 with the first Practice session on Friday 2nd December at 11:05am.
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