Heimgartner takes Carrera Cup championship lead

Andre Heimgartner in action at the Australian Grand Prix. Photo Edge Photographics

Dannemora’s Andre Heimgartner now leads the championship standings in the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia championship following his second placing in yesteday afternoon’s race one at the Australian Grand Prix circuit in Melbourne.

Previously, Heimgartner was tied for the lead with David Wall, courtesy of his round one .
Heimgartner started the race on the front row alongside team-mate Nick McBride, after qualifying just 0.0181s off the P1 pace earlier in the day.

With McBride having the advantage off the start and some understeer developing in Heimgartner’s #777 Bob Jane T-Marts Porsche towards the end of the race, the Kiwi driver stayed in touch for the entire race but wasn’t able to get a pass for the lead.

The result sees Heimgartner move into the title lead.

“To be in the lead of the championship is very exciting and while things didn’t go all our way in race one (yesterday), it is pointing in the right direction and I am confident of more strong results across the next three races,” Heimgartner said.

“Nick had the advantage into turn one having started on pole, and while I was right with him for the whole race and pushing hard, it just wasn’t to be.

Porsche Carrera Cup Australia will return this afternoon for the second race of its 100th round before its third and fourth race on Saturday and Sunday respectively.