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Kiwi Heimgartner wins in wet in Taupo

Andre Heimgartner wins in the first Supercars race in the wet in Taupo
Just his second Supercars victory for Andre Heimgarner and it comes at Taupo in the big wet PHOTO: SUPERCARS

New Zealand's Andre Heimgartner has won in the wet at the inaugural V8 Supercars championship round in Taupō, just over a second ahead of Australian Will Davison.

It was only the second win of Heimgartner's career and was not certain with cars crashing out of the race from the first corner to the last.


Chaz Mostert was challenging until his back right wheel came off on the 42nd lap, allowing the New Zealander to cruise to the flag.

It was a dramatic start as the wet track caused chaos early on with pole sitter Cam Waters and Tim Slade colliding just seconds after the start of the 60-lap race.

Kiwi Matt Payne also slid off the track on the first bend. The damage saw Slade's race end there as his car was unable to continue.

Will Brown took an early ascendancy but after all cars went into pit after Bryce Fullwood spun out, Heimgartner took the front with Mostert close behind.

Mostert remained right in the hunt until his tyre came off which gave Heimgartner a relatively comfortable win.

Anton De Pasquale was third while kiwi Richie Stanaway made a big move from 23rd to sixth

The final race of the weekend, the 60-lap Race 8, will start just after 3pm tomorrow.


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