"It wasn't Heimgartner's fault - at the end of the day he ran out of brakes, Heimgartner did a damn good job here to collect it up," Ingall said.
"He's ... had to throw it sideways because otherwise he had to go straight on.
"We saw what happened when you do run out of brakes or something breaks here last year with [Lee] Holdsworth and Mercedes [Erebus] and he stuck it in there - so actually Heimgartner did a good job of pulling it up.
"Unfortunately he's come back on the track and collected Jack so 22 has had a bit of a rough time."
Ingall offered to "get in there with a spanner and give them a hand" if required.
In his co-driver race, Ingall was a standout, making six positions across the 60km and finishing sixth.
The other HRT car, with Garth Tander/Warren Luff behind the wheel qualified 12th for today's race, while stablemates Tim Slade/Tony D'Alberto and Lee Holdsworth/Sebastien Bourdais are insixth and seventh respectively.