Fresh from receiving a late call-up to the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 with respected Supercar outfit Brad Jones Racing, Andre Heimgartner has been drafted by Craft Bamboo Racing to race in this week’s Blancpain GT Series Asia finale.
Heimgartner will fly to China for Craft Bamboo this week for the 13-15 October event at the Zhejiang International Circuit, after taking out the Carrera Cup Australia round win at the weekend with Sonic Motor Racing Services and finishing 9th in the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 alongside Tim Slade.
The 22-year-old Kiwi will race the #88 Craft Bamboo Racing Porsche 991 GT3 R alongside Devon Modell for the highly-credentialed outfit, which have seen success across the World Touring Car Championship, World Endurance Championship, Asian Le Man Series, GP3, British Touring Car Championship, GT Asia Series and the TCR International Series. It is particularly well known locally for dominating performances in the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour in recent years.
The opportunity for Heimgartner comes after this round of the Blancpain GT Series Asia Series was moved forward a week due to the Communist Party of China scheduling its 19th National Congress for the period covering Zhejiang’s previously confirmed date. Heimgartner has been called in to replace Australian racer Nick Foster, who is no longer available for the event as he has WEC commitments that weekend.
Craft Bamboo Racing Director, Darryl O’Young, said Andre was an easy choice when they were searching for a driver for this weekend’s event.
“We are really pleased to sign Andre for the final round of the Blancpain GT Series Asia in Zhejiang,” O’Young said.
“Being the official technical partner team of Porsche Motorsport in Asia, we enjoy the opportunity to work with young up and coming drivers moving up from the Porsche Carrera Cups.
“The Porsche GT3 R is a natural progression for young Porsche drivers and we will give Andre all the support he needs to get the most out of the car this weekend.
“He’s coming off a win in Bathurst, and we are excited to get started and aim to finish the season off with a strong result.”
Heimgartner was naturally very pleased with how the past week had turned out for him.
“What a week it has been – first to get the call-up to Brad Jones Racing for the big race at the weekend, and then to be able to follow that up today with the announcement that I will be heading over to China this week for Craft Bamboo Racing is pretty exciting,” Heimgartner said.
“This will be my third racing event in Asia this year after competing in Sepang for the Carrera Cup in July before heading to Shanghai in August when I got the call-up to race for FRD LMP3 Series with S & D Motorsport.
“Having my silver FIA licence has certainly helped with the opportunities in Asia, and I have been thrilled to have the opportunities so far. Hopefully there is more to come, I enjoy racing over there.
“The credentials of Craft Bamboo Racing are undeniable, they are one of the top outfits to race with when it comes to GT and racing in Asia so I am very pleased that they have selected me for this drive. Hopefully I can bring home some strong results for them this weekend.
“To be honest, I am just loving life at the moment.”
The 2017 Blancpain GT Series Asia is based on the tried and tested British GT Championship format and is recognised as one of the most successful national GT series in the world. It brings together GT3, GT4 and GTC machinery over a six-round format, competing at Asia’s best racing venues with two 60-minute sprint races held per race weekend. This weekend’s event is the finale for the 2017 season.
Two sixty-minute races will be held over the weekend – one on Saturday and one on Sunday. Racing will be live-streamed at http://www.blancpain-gt-series-asia.com/live across the weekend.