Brad Jones Racing recruited Andre Heimgartner for 2022, and he delivered with 10th overall and four podiums.
After years of hopping from team to team searching for a chance to stay in the sport, Heimgartner loomed to stay put at Braeside, before a shift to BJR came calling.
He scored podiums in Perth, Winton and Pukekohe, and could've finished higher had he had better luck.
Heimgartner always had his sights set on Supercars, and moved from karting to Formula Vee at just 12 years old, followed by seasons in Australian Formula Ford and Carrera Cup.
Alongside an NZ V8SuperTourer Series campaign, he made his debut in the Dunlop Super2 Series in 2013, with his efforts over the next two seasons enough to catch the eye of the new Super Black Racing.
Heimgartner was signed for its Bathurst 2014 wildcard, then became the full-time driver for its maiden season, with highlights including qualifying third at Queensland Raceway and finishing seventh at Sydney Motorsport Park.
He moved to Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport in 2016 and finished 25th in the championship, hampered by uncompetitive machinery.
It seemed like that grind might spell trouble for his Supercars days, with not even a co-drive forthcoming for 2017.
Having switched focus to Carrera Cup and GT racing in Asia, Brad Jones Racing co-driver Ash Walsh’s injury misfortune was just the opening Heimgartner needed.
He subbed in alongside Tim Slade for Bathurst and Gold Coast, starring in torrential Surfers Paradise conditions to secure a maiden podium and catch the eye of Kelly Racing.
Heimgartner stepped into the #7 Nissan vacated by retiring stalwart and team owner Todd Kelly in ‘18 and showed enough to be entrusted with a second season.
It’s there where he shone, taking two podiums – although a cruel PIRTEK Enduro Cup set him back in the end-of-season standings.
He stepped it up again in 2020, taking two podiums and a maiden pole at Sydney Motorsport Park.
In Tailem Bend, Heimgartner finally won his first race and loomed to be a top 10 points contender. However, consistency and speed fell away, but not before he scored the move to BJR.