Sunday, Dec 3 05:30pm
AUTHOR: Matthew Hansen

Heimgartner wins BNT V8s finale, as Bargwanna seals Taupo round win

Jason Bargwanna has claimed his second BNT V8s round win in a row, after finishing second in the category's reverse-grid final race at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park. 


His Richards Team Motorsport teammate André Heimgartner took a convincing 6.9-second win, while Nick Ross took third place in his Total Oils Nissan Altima. 


For the reverse grid, Class Two took off at the lead — Nick Farrier leading polesitter Liam MacDonald. Then Class Two were away. 


With a fully reversed grid in action André Heimgartner was the unlikely leader, having carved through from the third row of the grid to take first from Brad Lathrope and Jack Smith. 


It took a while, but Heimgartner was eventually joined by teammate Jason Bargwanna as the quicker cars began to cut through the grid. By this point the Class One drivers had hit the first of the Class Two traffic. 


With the order having almost completely purified by lap five, Heimgartner led Bargwanna by 3.3 seconds. This set the tone for the rest of the race; Heimgartner going on to win the race by 6.9 seconds from Bargwanna. 


Jack Smith was third in the order, but was another seven seconds back. The young Aussie had teammate Lance Hughes and Nick Ross to contend with. 


Ross nabbed fourth from Hughes on lap six, before getting to work on the defending Kumho Series champ. The three drivers fought with each other for a handful of laps until Smith out braked himself at the end of the straight, allowing both Ross and Hughes past. 


Smith wasn't able to recover the positions late in the race; allowing Ross to bank another podium finish ahead of Hughes in fourth and Smith in fifth ahead of Brad Lathrope. 


In Class Two, Brock Timperly claimed his first race win in the series, leading off defending champ MacDonald and early leader Farrier. Race one winner Chelsea Herbert was in the mix as well, only to get spun out after contact from Matthew Podjursky. She eventually recovered to finish fifth in class behind Podjursky.


Photo: Matt Smith

Results (top 10)

1. André Heimgartner       12 laps             
2. Jason Bargwanna   +6.927
3. Nick Ross   +22.433
4. Lance Hughes   +23.250
5. Jack Smith   +28.653
6. Brad Lathrope   +51.253
7. Brock Timperly (Class Two)     +57.610
8. Liam MacDonald (Class Two)   +1:02.184
9. Nick Farrier (Class Two)   +1:06.306
10. Matthew Podjursky (Class Two)        +1:07.118