The BetEasy Darwin SuperSprint was pushed back by a week and is finally set for this weekend. Coming off a pole and second place finish, Andre Heimgartner is hopeful of another impressive round, as he seeks to repeat his recent success.
“Obviously we had a really good weekend at Sydney and managed to bring home some silverware, so I’m hoping we can do it all again this weekend,” admits the 24-year old.
Last year the Kiwi had decent results at the Hidden Valley circuit finishing 16th and 11th respectively and qualified as high as ninth.
“I didn’t have too bad of a run last year,” said Heimgartner.
“It wasn’t the greatest, but it wasn’t the worst. We’re obviously in the Mustangs this year too, so it’ll be interesting to see what we can do and how quickly we can adapt the new cars there.”
This weekend’s format will differ from previous years and will see three 38-lap races across the two-day event.
While tyre strategy caused disruption at the previous round, Supercars have announced a new format; where teams will run hard-compound tyres for Saturday’s qualifying and shootout sessions, before returning to the usual tyre strategy for race 13 and into Sunday’s short qualifying sessions.
“There were a few mixed thoughts from the tyre allocation, but I think it’s great that we’re trying new things,” admitted the Kiwi.
“Obviously by having everyone on the same set of tyres, it allows for better racing in terms of naturally determining the quickest. But obviously having the variation in compounds throws in strategies and mixes things up.
“We’ll see what we can do this weekend anyway, I’m looking forward to it and it’s always good to be back in Darwin and soaking up some sun!”
The Supercars will hit the track for practice one at 10:50am local time.