Heimgartner makes exciting overtakes at Melbourne Grand Prix

26 March 2018

Andre

Despite only starting his second round in a Nissan, Andre Heimgartner radioed his engineer, "well, that's no fun," on news that a wet Race 4 would start under the safety car. The #7 Plus Fitness Racing driver displayed great car control as he battled his way in the midpack, but an issue in his pitstop saw him drop a few places late in the race on Saturday. Heimgartner then utilised the setup gains made by Kelly and Caruso to tweak his car overnight ahead of the final race that took place yesterday.

Overall, Plus Fitness driver Andre Heimgartner finished a tough weekend with a season-best 14th placed result in the #7 Plus Fitness Racing entry. The weekend threw everything at the Nissan newbie, with Heimgartner showing great maturity to make a number of exciting overtakes in challenging conditions. While still coming to grips with the Altima, Heimgartner is looking forward to the unique layout that Symmons Plains provides in a fortnight.

Heimgartner had this to say about his efforts across the weekend.

“It’s been a mixed weekend for us. We developed the car to have pretty good pace, but a few mistakes from the whole of the team didn’t help us. So in the end it was one of those weekends that we’ll put behind us and move onto the next one. I think I’ve done more passing this weekend than I have in my whole career. So there’s plenty of positives to take away. It’s good to learn where the cars strengths are on certain tracks. So looking forward to the next one.”

The next event in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship is the Tasmania Supersprint, April 6-8. Make sure you don't miss any of the action as Plus Fitness and Team Nissan head across Bass Strait to Symmons Plains.

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