Thursday, Sep 12 09:27am
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

André Heimgartner reveals new look Nissan for Pukekohe

Kelly Racing driver André Heimgartner will sport a new livery at the ITM Auckland SuperSprint this weekend.


Racing at Pukekohe Park, Heimgartner has changed up his traditionally blue and orange Plus Fitness-backed Nissan Altima. The car is now fully decked out in black and white adorning a silver fern across the rear door card and roof. 


Heimgartner comes into Round 11 of the Virgin Australia Supercar Championship in 13th overall and the highest placed Kelly Racing driver.


Team Owner and stablemate Rick Kelly lies 17th with Simona De Silvestro and Garry Jacobson 20th and 23rd respectively. 



Understandably, Heimgartner said he's looking forward racing on home soil in a car that he hopes will resonate with fans.  


"I’m extremely proud of what the team has produced," he said.


"This has to be the best-looking race car I’ve had, the black and white theme on the car looks incredible and it’s great to give back to the New Zealand fans with a livery that’s dedicated to them.


"I’m really thankful for the support Kelly Racing has given me and the effort they have put in to do something special for my home round.


"We had reasonable pace at Pukekohe last year and it’s a track that I know well, and coming off the strong performance we had at The Bend a few weeks ago I think we can continue to move forward and deliver some positive results for the team."



André was twelve years old when he learnt to drive H-pattern manual in a Nissan Skyline around Pukekohe before graduating to Formula Vee.


Pukekohe Park is also where the Kiwi star grew up watching his hero Greg Murphy race, so this circuit is a significant place for Heimgartner and it was only fitting that the team produce a special Kiwi inspired livery for the round.