Immediately after 6 many years, the faith in Andre Heimgartner has been rewarded after the Kiwi claimed Race 9 of the time.
In his 161st race, the 25-year-aged from Auckland place a 5-next penalty driving him to keep off Chaz Mostert and Anton de Pasquale.
Championship chief Shane van Gisbergen had a disheartening afternoon to end seventh.
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The New Zealander experienced a 22-2nd pit stop that saw him fall very well again following he initially manufactured a blistering speedy commence.
He afterwards slid throughout the grass to fall again further and eventually concluded in seventh.
nevertheless, he continue to holds a 140-stage lead around Jamie Whincup.
“It was magnificent. I just set my head down. There was a bit of action at the start off, which I managed to get in entrance and understood the motor vehicle was excellent and managed to retain pushing,” Heimgartner stated.
“It’s just been way, way way too very long. I assume it’s been six yrs, so I’m just more than the moon. I’ve eventually received [the monkey] off my back again.”
Asked about the combine-up in the pit zone, Heimgartner unveiled he did not require to be instructed by his staff about the penalty soon after clipping Whincup.
“They never ever informed me,” he stated. “I realized. When we had make contact with, I’m like ‘gee, I just designed it a ton more difficult for myself’ and I realized I had to get five seconds. I’m just about the moon.”
RACE CENTRE: SuperSprint at The Bend, timings
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Race 10: 12:30pm —
Heimgartner established the Observe 2 speed at The Bend Motorsport Park on Saturday in an enjoyable session ahead of qualifying punctuated by various offs and spins.
Kelly Grove Racing had its two cars and trucks in the prime four, with David Reynolds recovering from a rotten very first apply outing to slot in at the rear of Heimgartner, Red Bull Ampol Racing’s Whincup and Shell V-Electrical power Racing Team’s Will Davison.
Davison, with his initial 1:50.204s, loomed to top rated the 30-moment hitout the moment drizzle descended on the Tailem Bend venue.
On the other hand, the instances commenced to drop, with Heimgartner pipping Whincup at the demise with a 1:49.241s session-ideal.
The 10 drivers all dipped below the 1min50s bracket, with the top rated 15 protected by considerably less than a 2nd.
Several motorists have been caught out by the greasy problems, with James Courtney, who spun off in Exercise 1, sliding onto the grass in the dying times.
All 3 Tickford Racing entries hit difficulty, with Jack Le Brocq acquiring the gravel, though Cameron Waters straightlined the grass.
Courtney, Reynolds and Todd Hazelwood all expended time at the leading as fast occasions filed in.
Whincup, who won the second race of the Tasmania weekend past time out, shot to the top with a 1:49.404s.
On the other hand, he was displaced by Heimgartner, whose 1:49.241s proved the most effective of the session.
Chaz Mostert, who gained the Symmons Plains finale previous thirty day period, was fifth, albeit .416s adrift.
Courtney finished up sixth despite his late-session spin, ahead of Hazelwood, championship chief Shane van Gisbergen and Brodie Kostecki, with Bryce Fullwood rounding out the top 10.
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