A Little goes a long way

  • 23/06/2016
  • By Kassie Gadeke
  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

Andre Heimgartner believes the addition of Campbell Little as his race engineer has contributed to his season best results in Darwin.

The Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport young gun inherited a new engineer for the remainder of the season, leaving team boss Barry Hay free to focus on running the team at the race track after balancing engineering duties since season opening Clipsal 500.

Finishing results of 18th and 12th at Hidden Valley are Heimgartner’s best for the season, and though the weekend started with trouble with power steering issues throughout Friday practice it didn’t halt the 21-year old Kiwi.   

“Having Campbell Little join the team recently as the dedicated engineer for my entry and the second engineer for the team has been a real boost,” Heimgartner said.

“He has such vast experience and has worked with the top drivers in the category, and while Barry Hay did a great job while also managing the team, having that dedicated attention definitely helps and allowed us this weekend to lift the game in the #3 in both qualifying and the race.”

Another positive from Darwin is Heimgartner believes better results are to come, as the #3 squad was hampered with some issues throughout the 200km race.

“We lost a bit of time in the pit stop and had some radio dramas, which means there was definitely potential for a higher result – perhaps even a top 10,” he said.

“Even so I am really happy with how the weekend has gone once we got past Friday’s issues, hopefully we can carry this forward into Townsville and keep improving.”

Heimgartner shifted to LDM this season after running most of 2015 with Super Black Racing, and showed speed his rookie year in the Ford Falcon FG X. He sits 25th in the Championship.

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