Andre Heimgartner (born 8 June 1995) is a New Zealand motor-racing driver who currently competes in the Repco Supercars Championship driving the No. 7 Ford Mustang GT for Kelly Grove Racing.

Career

Formula racing

At 12 years of age commenced racing in the NZ Formula Vee championship. Heimgartner became the youngest driver in the world to win a Formula Ford Championship at the age of fifteen when he won the New Zealand Formula Ford Championship during the 2010–11 season. He returned to successfully defend his title for the 2011–12 season whilst contesting selected events in the 2011 Australian Formula Ford Championship. 2013 Selected races in Australian Formula 3.

Touring cars

New Zealand

In 2012, Heimgartner entered the inaugural season of the New Zealand-based V8SuperTourer series, driving a Holden VE Commodore run by AV8 Motorsport.[1] He finished the sprint championship in tenth place overall, achieving a best result of fourth place at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park; and seventh place in the endurance championship, with his best finish being fifth place in the Fathers' Day 400 at Taupo Motorsport Park. He was classified eleventh overall at the end of the season.

Moving from AV8 Motorsport to the Melbourne Performance Centre and then Motorsport Networks teams during a four-season period. Heimgartner went on to become the only driver to compete in every race of the championship over the 4-year period. Achieving 15 podium finishes.

Australia

Heimgartner finished seventh in the 2013 V8SuperTourers Championship driving a Holden VE Commodore

Parallel to his appearances in the V8Supertourer category in 2012, Heimgartner contested the Australia-based Porsche Carrera Cup series at the age of 16. Andre ran as high as 4th for much of the season before a no fault contact by a competitor caused a DNF. 2013 Dunlop V8 Supercar Series, driving an ex-Dick Johnson Racing Ford FG Falcon entered by Finance EZI Racing, which entered Heimgartner alongside as the team's drivers.[2] In 2014 Andre drove for Matt White in the supercar Dunlop series with 3 podium finishes.

Also in 2013 saw Andre's first drive in a V8 Supercars Holden Commodore VF. Due to his close association with Paul Morris he got to do co-driver laps in Dean Fiore's No. 88 Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport entry at Queensland Raceway replacing Matt Halliday in the dedicated co-driver session.[3]

In 2014, Heimgartner was selected to race the Super Black Racing wildcard entry at the 2014 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 alongside fellow Kiwi Ant Pedersen.[4] Following this performance the team retained him in the teams' full-time category début the following season. 2015 was a formative year for the new Superblack team and was plagued by performance inconsistencies. A best qualifying position of 3rd and numerous top 10 finishes for the 2015 season.[5] Andre's second year in Supercars and severe budget constraints lead to relocation to the minnow LDM team, car performance and reliability issues produced disappointing results.

Endurance racing

Heimgartner at the 2013 Bathurst 12 Hour

In 2013, Heimgartner contested the Bathurst 12 Hour event at the Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst, New South Wales. Sharing a BMW 335i with co-drivers Anthony Gilbertson and Peter O'Donnell, Heimgartner finished the race first in his class.[6] In NZ Heimgartner as a 14-year-old won the Mini Challenge 3-hour endurance classic. As a 16-year-old driving ab RSR Porsche while leading the field by 15 laps suffered a terminal mechanical issue 10 minutes from the chequered flag. Achieved various successes in endurance competition driving GT3 Porsches for Fastway and Hood. Competed in 2 seasons of V8 Supertourer endurance competition with Paul Morris as co-driver.

By February 2018 Andre had completed 4 consecutive Bathurst 1000 endurance events with a best placing of 9th.

Racing record

Career results

Season Series Position Car Team
2008-09 New Zealand Formula First Series 13th Sabre
2009-10 New Zealand Formula Ford Championship 6th Stealth Van Diemen
2010-11 New Zealand Formula Ford Championship 1st Mygale 10 Motorsport Solutions
2011 Australian Formula Ford Championship 24th Mygale SJ08A Ford Team BRM
2011-12 New Zealand Formula Ford Championship 1st Mygale SJ10 Motorsport Solutions
2012 Australian Carrera Cup Championship 7th Porsche 997 GT3 Cup Team Kiwi Racing
V8 SuperTourers Championship 10th Holden VE Commodore AV8 Motorsport
2013 Australian Drivers' Championship 14th Mygale M08 Mercedes-Benz Erebus Academy Formula 3
V8 SuperTourers Championship 7th Holden VE Commodore MPC Motorsport
Dunlop V8 Supercar Series 20th Ford FG Falcon Finance EZI Racing
2014 International V8 Supercars Championship 50th Ford FG Falcon Super Black Racing
Dunlop V8 Supercar Series 5th Finance EZI Racing
2015 International V8 Supercars Championship 24th Ford FG Falcon
Ford FG X Falcon
Super Black Racing
2016 International V8 Supercars Championship 25th Holden VF Commodore Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport
2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship 46th Holden VF Commodore Brad Jones Racing
2017–18 New Zealand Touring Cars - Class one 1st Toyota Camry Richards Team Motorsport
2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship 17th Nissan Altima L33 Nissan Motorsport
2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship 16th Nissan Altima L33 Kelly Racing
2020 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship 14th Ford Mustang GT Kelly Racing

Supercars Championship results

Supercars results
Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 Position Points
2014 Super Black Racing Ford FG Falcon ADE
R1
ADE
R2
ADE
R3
SYM
R4
SYM
R5
SYM
R6
WIN
R7
WIN
R8
WIN
R9
PUK
R10
PUK
R11
PUK
R12
PUK
R13
BAR
R14
BAR
R15
BAR
R16
HID
R17
HID
R18
HID
R19
TOW
R20
TOW
R21
TOW
R22
QLD
R23
QLD
R24
QLD
R25
SMP
R26
SMP
R27
SMP
R28
SAN
R29
BAT
R30

11
SUR
R31
SUR
R32
PHI
R33
PHI
R34
PHI
R35
SYD
R36
SYD
R37
SYD
R38
50th 144
2015 Super Black Racing Ford FG Falcon ADE
R1

23
ADE
R2

20
ADE
R3

21
24th 1068
Ford FG X Falcon SYM
R4

11
SYM
R5

25
SYM
R6

8
BAR
R7

21
BAR
R8

16
BAR
R9

Ret
WIN
R10

20
WIN
R11

20
WIN
R12

17
HID
R13

22
HID
R14

Ret
HID
R15

19
TOW
R16

23
TOW
R17

8
QLD
R18

14
QLD
R19

17
QLD
R20

16
SMP
R21

7
SMP
R22

13
SMP
R23

19
SAN
QR

25
SAN
R24

17
BAT
R25

Ret
SUR
R26

18
SUR
R27

18
PUK
R28

19
PUK
R29

18
PUK
R30

21
PHI
R31
PHI
R32
PHI
R33
SYD
R34
SYD
R35
SYD
R36
2016 Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden VF Commodore ADE
R1

22
ADE
R2

20
ADE
R3

19
SYM
R4

25
SYM
R5

Ret
PHI
R6

24
PHI
R7

21
BAR
R8

21
BAR
R9

25
WIN
R10

23
WIN
R11

21
HID
R12

18
HID
R13

12
TOW
R14

15
TOW
R15

Ret
QLD
R16

19
QLD
R17

15
SMP
R18

23
SMP
R19

24
SAN
QR

16
SAN
R20

19
BAT
R21

Ret
SUR
R22

13
SUR
R23

Ret
PUK
R24

22
PUK
R25

22
PUK
R26

22
PUK
R27

Ret
SYD
R28

20
SYD
R29

20
25th 1010
2017 Brad Jones Racing Holden VF Commodore ADE
R1
ADE
R2
SYM
R3
SYM
R4
PHI
R5
PHI
R6
BAR
R7
BAR
R8
WIN
R9
WIN
R10
HID
R11
HID
R12
TOW
R13
TOW
R14
QLD
R15
QLD
R16
SMP
R17
SMP
R18
SAN
QR
SAN
R19
BAT
R20

9
SUR
R21

3
SUR
R22

22
PUK
R23
PUK
R24
NEW
R25
NEW
R26
46th 336
2018 Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 ADE
R1

17
ADE
R2

25
MEL
R3

18
MEL
R4

16
MEL
R5

21
MEL
R6

14
SYM
R7

17
SYM
R8

19
PHI
R9

15
PHI
R10

14
BAR
R11

25
BAR
R12

8
WIN
R13

16
WIN
R14

11
HID
R15

16
HID
R16

16
TOW
R17

12
TOW
R18

11
QLD
R19

15
QLD
R20

14
SMP
R21

24
BEN
R22

19
BEN
R23

Ret
SAN
QR

6
SAN
R24

14
BAT
R25

16

19

C
PUK
R28

18
PUK
R29

8
NEW
R30

8
NEW
R31

6
17th 1775
2019 Kelly Racing Nissan Altima L33 ADE
R1

13
ADE
R2

13
MEL
R3

15
MEL
R4

18
MEL
R5

9
MEL
R6

14
SYM
R7

18
SYM
R8

17
PHI
R9

3
PHI
R10

13
BAR
R11

17
BAR
R12

23
WIN
R13

8
WIN
R14

11
HID
R15

16
HID
R16

11
TOW
R17

12
TOW
R18

18
QLD
R19

12
QLD
R20

7
BEN
R21

5
BEN
R22

20
PUK
R23

8
PUK
R24

19
BAT
R25

Ret
SUR
R26

Ret
SUR
R27

21
SAN
QR

2
SAN
R28

8
NEW
R29

21
NEW
R30

12
16th 1875
2020 Kelly Racing Ford Mustang GT ADE
R1

11
ADE
R2

10
MEL
R3

C
MEL
R4

C
MEL
R5

C
MEL
R6

C
SMP1
R7

15
SMP1
R8

10
SMP1
R9

15

17

12

2

9

10

16

15

10

8

Ret

14

15

18

24

17

4

2

7

14

10

14
BAT
R31

11
14th 1444
2021 Kelly Grove Racing Ford Mustang GT BAT
R1

15
BAT
R2

9

8

5

11

22

10

22

1

7

10
HID
R12

15
HID
R13

17
HID
R14

Ret
TOW
R15

TOW
R16













8th* 686*

Complete Bathurst 1000 results

Year Team Car Co-driver Position Laps
2014 Super Black Racing Ford Falcon FG New Zealand Ant Pedersen 11th 161
2015 Super Black Racing Ford Falcon FG X New Zealand Ant Pedersen DNF 35
2016 Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden Commodore VF Australia Aaren Russell DNF 114
2017 Brad Jones Racing Holden Commodore VF Australia Tim Slade
Australia Ashley Walsh
9th 161
2018 Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 Australia Aaren Russell 16th 161
2019 Kelly Racing Nissan Altima L33 Australia Bryce Fullwood DNF 157
2020 Kelly Racing Ford Mustang Mk.6 Australia Dylan O'Keeffe 11th 161
Kelly Grove Racing Ford Mustang Mk.6 New Zealand Earl Bamber

‡Walsh was entered as a co-driver to Slade but withdrew and was replaced with Heimgartner.

References

  1. ^ "Youngest ever Motorsport Champion to join AV8 Motorsport in new V8 SuperTourer race series". V8 SuperTourers. 3 June 2011. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
  2. ^ "VIDEO: 17-year-old duo set for Dunlop V8 Series". Speedcafe.com. 21 February 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
  3. ^ "YOUNG GUNS SCORE CO-DRIVER LAPS WITH LDM". Speedcafe.com. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Super Black Bathurst drivers announced". v8supercars.com.au. 2 August 2014. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Super Black confirms full-time V8 Supercars entry". speedcafe.com. 28 November 2014.
  6. ^ 2013 Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour Mount Panorama Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour www.natsoft.com.au[permanent dead link] Retrieved on 11 February 2013

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