Andre Heimgartner has won the opening race of the weekend at Round 2 of the BNT V8s at Taupo this afternoon.
Heimgartner was chased home by his Richards Team Motorsport teammate, Australian Jason Bargwanna, with fellow countryman Jack Smith in third.
Starting from pole, Heimgartner was largely unchallenged during the race, holding his lead through turn one with Bargwanna slipping by Smith and settling into second. The trio remained one, two, three for the remainder of the race.
From there, Heimgartner controlled the pace and went on to win the 12-lap encounter.