Andre Heimgartner has powered to an equal-season-best finish of 8th at his home-track of Pukekohe Raceway on Sunday after a strong showing in the #7 Plus Fitness Nissan Motorsport Altima.
Heimgartner started the day with his third Top Ten Shootout appearance (his first came in 2015 and his second in March of this year), laying down a 1m 03.428s as the first shootout entrant to lay down a lap.
After starting the race from the fifth row on the grid, the 23 year old Melbourne-based Kiwi moved quickly to be inside the top five by the first pit stop, re-joining in 11th position. In an intense race, he powered on and re-joined ninth after the second stop before making a move on Tickford racer Mark Winterbottom to finish the race in eighth position.
“Eighth position is a good result today, the car was speedy, we had priority in the pit stops as the leading Nissan racer on track, we were consistent, and things went my way so I was able to race hard and ensure we brought home a solid result,” Heimgartner said.
“To finish in the top eight home in New Zealand was pretty special too – I always love racing at home and I am really glad we could put on a good showing.
“It was great to finish the weekend on a high. Hopefully we can carry this momentum forward to the season finale in Newcastle later this month.”
Earlier in the weekend, Heimgartner’s best practice result was 6th which was set ahead of qualifying 11th for Saturday’s race. The Plus Fitness driver got a good start to the Saturday outing, however ultimately double-stacking would hinder his progress and see him finish 18th.
Andre Heimgartner will next be on-track with Nissan Motorsport as part of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship for the Coates Hire Newcastle 500 across November 23-25.