Maiden win ‘hasn’t sunk in’ for Heimgartner
Andre Heimgartner was nonetheless pinching himself within the days after his maiden Supercars race victory on the OTR SuperSprint.
Heimgartner was the person of the second on Saturday at The Bend Motorsport Park, cruising to pole place earlier than dominating the wet-dry Race 9.
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So sturdy was the tempo of the #7 NED Whisky Mustang, that Heimgartner had sufficient of a margin over his closest rival to win by 4 seconds regardless of being slapped with a five-second time penalty for a pit lane infringement.
It ended a 161-race look ahead to victory, some six years after he made his predominant recreation debut as a teen.
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“I had a couple of NED Whiskys to rejoice, and simply chilled out,” he stated on Supercars’ Fb dwell present, Tuesday Night time Takeaway.
“I don’t assume it’s sunk in 100 per cent but.
“I watched the replay a few instances, and it appears bizarre watching, considering it was you on the market.
“For therefore lengthy in your profession, particularly the previous few years, it’s been the one factor we’ve all been aiming for at Kelly Grove Racing.”
Saturday marked each the primary pole and win of the Kelly Grove period, and the primary win by a Kelly-prepared automotive since 2018.
P1 for Andre
It comes after David Reynolds, who endured a poor weekend at The Bend, scored a podium for the group in simply the fifth race of the season.
Heimgartner stated victory was the important thing purpose for the group, one thing each group co-owner Brenton Grove and engineer Dilan Talabani each reiterated.
“To lastly tick that off is wonderful. Everybody’s comfortable on the group, there’s a very good constructive vitality occurring,” the 25-year-old stated.
“We’ve nonetheless acquired an extended technique to go, I don’t assume we’re the place we wish to be clearly but; we noticed on Sunday we weren’t fairly quick sufficient.
“We are going to enhance the automobiles over the following couple of months, and we must be up on the highest step a bit extra come the tip of the 12 months.”
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Heimgartner and Kelly Grove Racing’s subsequent check is enduring they continue to be aggressive day on day; the #7 entry fell again on Sunday, with Heimgartner recording finishes of seventh and tenth.
Having returned to the highest 10 within the standings, Heimgartner has turned his focus to the following spherical at Winton, which is the Braeside group’s testing venue.
Heimgartner believes his group’s exhausting work will carry over into the Victorian circuit, the place has has completed no greater than eighth in 9 begins.
“Everybody works so exhausting, everyone knows what’s concerned whenever you get new homeowners in a group,” he stated.
“You’re attempting to construct a group up and develop. There are such a lot of lengthy hours that go by the engineers, those that have to make the elements, the mechanics.
Heimgartner celebrates along with his group
“There are such a lot of totally different points, and so many hours to develop the automobiles; to get a end result like this early on is a extremely good increase for morale.
“Going ahead, we all know we will do it; when the automotive’s proper, we will win.
“We simply want to determine make the automotive proper extra typically.”
The Repco Supercars Championship subject will return to Victoria for the Winton SuperSprint throughout Could 28-30. Tickets can be found right here.
The occasion can be broadcast dwell on Foxtel and can be streamed on Kayo with highlights on 7 and seven Plus.