New Kiwi V8 Supercars team Super Black Racing will rely on two home-grown young guns for its race debut at Bathurst with Andre Heimgartner and Ant Pedersen selected to race in the Mount Panorama 1000-kilometre classic.
Heimgartner and Pedersen currently race in the second-tier Development Series and New Zealandâ€™s V8 SuperTourers category with Heimgartner to make his V8 Supercars debut at Bathurst, while Pedersen will make just his second career start in the series.
Auckland-born Heimgartner is just 19 years old and is proud to be part of the new Kiwi-backed team.
â€śIt is a big opportunity and to be in a New Zealand team is great as there will be a lot of support around us,â€ť Heimgartner said.
â€śAnt and I are new to the whole Bathurst thing so we go in with an open mind but everything is in place for us to do well so I canâ€™t wait.
â€śIt is pretty special to be chosen to drive for a New Zealand team and to make my debut in their debut race is unique. Shane (van Gisbergen) did the same sort of thing and look where he has ended up so hopefully I can follow in his footsteps.â€ť
Pedersen hails from Rotorua and was last yearâ€™s runner-up in New Zealandâ€™s domestic series with four wins.
The 26-year-old has been waiting a long time for the opportunity to race in V8 Supercars top tier in competitive machinery and is eager to impress.
â€śFirstly I am hugely excited and grateful for the opportunity and I canâ€™t wait to get in the car for what is going to be a pretty special debut for Super Black,â€ť Pedersen said.
â€śWith a Kiwi team, Andre and I being Kiwis, it is all just really exciting. We certainly donâ€™t underestimate the challenge. It will be really tough and we have to keep things in check in terms of our abilities and the expectations.Â Read more »