Andre Heimgartner is set to leave Kelly Grove Racing at the end of the 2021 Supercars Championship.
Since joining the team in 2018 Heimgartner has claimed 5 podiums, as well as his first race win at The Bend Motorsport Park in May.
Kelly Grove Racing co-owner Stephen Grove released a statement acknowledging what Heimgartner has achieved with the team.
“This hasn’t been an easy decision for either party but it became apparent over our discussions that it would be best for Andre and his career to start a new chapter and challenge,” Grove said.
“When the time comes, he will leave us with my blessing and huge goodwill from every single member of the team.
“We’re proud of everything Andre has achieved with Kelly Grove Racing, but for now, we continue to focus on the rest of the 2021 championship and finishing as strong as possible.”
Heimgartner also commented on the announcement.
“I will be departing [Kelly Grove Racing] at season’s end. We have achieved a lot in the 4 years with 5 podiums, 2 poles and a race win. I will forever be thankful for Todd and the whole Kelly family for taking a chance on me when I was down and out. Looking forward to new and exciting opportunities ahead.”
It was expected that Heimgartner would remain with the team into 2022, with Grove saying last month they were nearing a deal.
There are a number of empty seats still available in the championship, with Heimgartner now likely to become one of the key players in the driver market.
There are still seats open at Brad Jones Racing, Tickford Racing, Walkinshaw Andretti United, and Matt Stone Racing.
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