Heimgartner pushing hard to claim LDM seat
Andre Heimgartner remains in the race to secure a seat at Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport but admits time is running out to put a deal together.
The New Zealander has been working to reach an agreement with the Melbourne-based operation, who is the only squad yet-to confirm its driver line-up for the new season.
Heimgartner joined LDM last year where he finished 25th in the championship standings following a part-season driving for Super Black Racing in 2015.
Facing an uncertain future in the main game, the 21-year-old has endured a challenging off-season but is continuing his push to remain on the grid this year.
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The Auckland-born driver is hoping his 2017 plans will become clear in the next two weeks and is confident he is close to securing the backing required.
Teams will head to Sydney Motorsport Park for an official test on February 21 with the season set to begin on the Adelaide streets from March 2-5.
“There are certainly some options out there and things we can do but in Supercars there is only the drive left at Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport and we are trying our hardest to get that done,” Heimgartner told Speedcafe.com.
“It is a pretty challenging time.
“I think we are getting close and we are in the ball park of where we need to be (in regard to backing). We are not too far away. It is just a case of putting all the backing together.
“Unfortunately it is getting late and the window of opportunity is closing.”
Fully aware his Supercars future is far from certain, Heimgartner says he is considering moves into other categories outside of Australia’s premier series.
“There are always some options in other categories but once again it is getting late now,” he added.
“I hope to be racing something of some description whatever happens but hopefully we will be back in Supercars again.”
Virgin Australia Supercars 2017 Grid to date
Shane van Gisbergen
Prodrive Racing Australia
DJR Team Penske
Garry Rogers Motorsport
Simona de Silvestro
Brad Jones Racing
Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport