Sunday, Mar 11 04:43pm
AUTHOR: Matthew Hansen

Heimgartner “really happy” to win on home soil, hopes to return next season

After winning the 2017–’18 BNT V8s title, André Heimgartner has spoken of his relief of earning a tin-top championship crown on New Zealand soil.


Having dodged most of the reverse-grid chaos, Heimgartner crossed the line in fourth — one spot behind main championship rival Jason Bargwanna, who needed to win the race and have Heimgartner finish outside of the top five to steal the title.


Heimgartner also drew comparisons to the V8 series, and last year's Porsche Carrera Cup Australia title chase, which he led for most of the season only to lose out in the final few rounds.


“It's obviously pretty cool to come back here. I haven't won a New Zealand title since 2012 I think, so it's been a wee while. I've done a fair bit of racing over here, so it's great to finally come through,” Heimgartner told


“It's something that I've never won, and I've always wanted to. Now that I've won it I can relax a little bit.


“I've learned so much over the last 12 months fighting for the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia championship, which we obviously just came up short on. I was making sure that I didn't make the same mistake here.”


The 22-year-old credited his return to the series for his impressive speed at the opening round of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. 

“It definitely helped. The five rounds I think it was before Adelaide definitely were positive, and it just keeps you sharp and thinking in that right direction. Overall, I think it's been a big positive and i'll try and do it again next year.”


While Heimgartner's focus is now set to shift to his Supercars Championship campaign with Nissan Motorsport, the driver has already confirmed aspirations to return to the series. 


“This weekend we were battling as we had the wrong gear ratio in the car, and it was really effecting us. But overall, I'm really happy. I look forward to coming back next year hopefully, and have number one on the car.”


Photo: Geoff Ridder,