Supercar Driver André Heimgartner

At just 19 years of age, Andre Heimgartner found himself in arguably the world’s most gruelling and competitive formula of motorsport – V8 Supercars.

​But the young kiwi – or ‘Kid Dynamite’ as some have affectionately labelled him – remains humble despite his fierce determination to succeed.

​From just 7 years of age, Andre Heimgartner found his calling.

​From karting to open wheelers, Heimgartner soon became New Zealand’s youngest-ever Formula Ford champion.

More records and national titles followed and in 2012 Heimgartner’s career reached new heights when he competed in the NZ V8Supertourers.

​With sheer determination and talent, a life-long ambition was realised, earning the opportunity to steer Super Black Racing’s first tilt at the Bathurst 1000 – in a wild card entry.

​In January 2015, Andre Heimgartner officially arrived in V8 Supercars when the likeable Kiwi was announced as the lead driver for Super Black Racing.

​A technical alignment with the Ford factory team proved an even more stunning endorsement and a very rare opportunity to race along side Mark Winterbottom, Chaz Mostert and David Reynolds.

​After a challenging debut season in V8 Supercars, Heimgartner’s fortunes became subject to one of the most aggressive off-season trading periods in recent history.

​The sport witnessed numerous drivers changing teams as sponsorships shifted, disappeared or launched. When the musical chairs stopped, Kid Dynamite emerged at Melbourne based Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport.

​In 2017 Heimgartner made the switch to Porsche Carrera Cup. It proved to be a stroke of genius, dominating the category with several wins and podium, ultimately finishing the season second in the Championship by the smallest margin in the history of the category.

​In what was perhaps the busiest year of his career, Heimgartner travelled to Malaysia and twice to China, including a stunning podium finish in Shanghai in the esteemed Blancpain series.

​Upon his return to Australia, a very last minute call-up to Brad Jones Racing led to a co-drive at the Bathurst 1000 and later the Gold Coast 600, which ultimately delivered the team a much needed podium. It was that drive which caught the eye of NISSAN Motorsport co-owner Todd Kelly to pursue Heimgartner to replace him and in 2018, Heimgartner was announced as returning to Supercars after just one year out of the category.

​Heimgartner is now in his fourth year with Kelly Grove Racing and is set to be one to watch. 

​As ambitious as he is tenacious, Heimgartner is the future of Australasian motorsport. In reality, Kid Dynamite is a pure racer.