Andre Heimgartner Takes Maiden Supercars Win At The Bend

Andre Heimgartner has created a slice of history, securing Kelly Grove Racing’s first-ever pole position and victory in the Supercars Championship. The win came despite an extra five seconds added to his overall time after a pit lane infringement for contact with Jamie Whincup. Heimgartner raced through the penalty, ultimately crossing the line over eight seconds clear of Chaz Mostert, ensuring his claimed his maiden race win.

After claiming pole, the 25-year-old New Zealander made a solid start and sat in second place before taking advantage of a mistake by Anton De Pasquale at Turn 4. Once in front, Heimgartner was never headed.

The victory is also the first win for the Ford Mustang in the Repco Supercars Championship this year, plus the maiden win for the new Kelly Grove Racing alliance.

Heimgartner’s Penrite Racing team-mate David Reynolds did not enjoy the same success, though. Reynolds made contact with Tim Slade mid-race, damaging the car enough to put it in the garage for the remainder of the race.

The Repco Supercars Championship returns to The Bend Motorsport tomorrow for qualifying and two more races around the 4.95km South Australian circuit.

“From where we’ve been, it really shows finally how much work has been going on behind the scenes to improve the car. We were strong here previous years, but just to add a few bits and pieces that we’ve been working on, on top of our historical performances here has just made the car unbelievable. It was Fords first win this year, the first for Kelly Grove Racing and Andre. It’s fantastic the guys deserve it.” – Todd Kelly


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