Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Heimgartner Becomes Dick Johnson Development Driver

MEDIA RELEASE

19 FEBRUARY 2014

Heimgartner Becomes Dick Johnson Racings Development Driver     

Fast rising New Zealand motor racing star, Andre Heimgartner, has been signed to iconic Australian V8 Supercar team Dick Johnson Racing's Junior Development Driver Programme. Thanks to the support of Wilson Security and Crimsafe that will see Heimgartner take a hands on role working alongside the team's 2014 drivers, Scott Pye and David Wall. Heimgartner was actively involved with the team at the first V8 Supercar outing of the season, the annual test day at Sydney Motorsport Park last Saturday, where he did 15 laps in one of the teams cars alongside all the regular drivers in the V8 Supercar main game. The recognition of the young kiwi's talent by a leading team is a very significant development in the high achieving teenagers career. Dick Johnson himself said recently, "Andre is a talent we had to latch on to."  

While he will be very much a part of DJR this season Andre will also contest a full season in the Dunlop Development Series with Matt White Racing, starting at Adelaide in a fortnight. Incredibly, despite his youth, this will be the fourth time that Heimgartner has raced at the prestigious Clipsal 500 meeting on the demanding streets of Adelaide having first raced there as a fourteen year old in Formula Ford. That is an indication of the experience Andre has accumulated in his brief career. An established V8 SuperTourer driver in his own country Andre is currently second behind the experienced Greg Murphy in that highly competitive series after two rounds of the 2014 championship. He has raced New Zealand's equivalent of V8 Supercars since their inception two seasons ago, finishing inside the top ten on each occasion. This year he has taken a more strategic approach to the series and rather than chasing race wins at every opportunity the championship is his focus.

From Dannemora, Auckland East in New Zealand Heimgartner began karting in his home country and by the age of twelve he was competing in Formula First. At the age of fourteen he won the Winter Formula Ford Championship at Manfeild followed by a South Island Formula Ford Championship title. He then became the youngest ever New Zealand Formula Ford Champion at the age of fifteen. Some Formula Ford appearances in Australia followed before Heimgartner made it back to back NZ Formula Ford titles the following year.

His first V8 SuperTourer campaign followed while he also contested the Porsche Carrera Cup in Australia, finishing a fine seventh in the series. In doing so he notched up another milestone, becoming the youngest driver anywhere in the world to race a Carrera Cup car at the age of sixteen. Last year Heimgartner stepped up to the Dunlop V8 Supercar Development Series and this year he returns in a leading team.

There have been many other achievements during his career that add up to an extremely impressive motor racing CV for one so young. A one-off Formula 3 drive with Erebus Motorsport and several appearances at Bathurst in a variety of machinery including a win in the Production Turbo Class at the 2013 Bathurst 12 Hour race amongst them.

A huge 2014 year looms but there is no doubt that the talented kiwi will be working very hard to repay the faith shown in his ability. 

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Scoop Review Of Books: Excerpt - Ice Bear: The Cultural History Of An Arctic Icon

“During the last decade the image of the polar bear has moved in the public imagination from being an icon of strength, independence and survival in one of the most climatically extreme of world environments, to that of fragility, vulnerability and more generally of a global environmental crisis.” More>>

NZ Opera: Max Rashbrooke Reviews The Mikado

So concerns about the work of the piece have to be addressed; but they are complex, and probably better handled in another post. So what about this production itself? More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: The Typewriter Factory

I finished reading Don’t Dream It’s Over not long after it came out last August. I even started writing a review, which took something of an ‘I’m sorry people, but it’s already over’ approach. I’ve been pretty negative about journalism as it’s practiced in the mainstream (or MSM, or corporate media or liberal media or whatever terminology you prefer) for quite some time (see for example Stop the Press), and I believe the current capitalist media model is destructive and can’t be reformed. More>>

Sheep Update: Solo World Shearing Record Broken In Southland

Southland shearer Leon Samuels today set a new World solo eight-hours strongwool ewe-shearing after a tally of 605 in a wool shed north of Gore. More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis Review: Dick Frizzell At The Solander Gallery

One of the most influential and celebrated contemporary Pop artists working in New Zealand, Dick Frizzell is mostly known for his appropriation of kitsch Kiwiana icons, which he often incorporates into cartoon-like paintings and lithographs. Not content with adhering to one particular style, he likes to adopt consciously unfashionable styles of painting, in a manner reminiscent of Roy Lichtenstein. More>>

Old Music: Pop Icon Adam Ant Announces NZ Tour

Following his recent sold out North American and UK tours, Adam Ant is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the release of his landmark KINGS OF THE WILD FRONTIER album with a newly-remastered reissue (Sony Legacy) and Australasian tour. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news