GALLERY: NEW-LOOK NED LIVERY FOR HEIMGARTNER’S MUSTANG

KELLY Grove Racing has unveiled Andre Heimgertner’s livery for the 2021 Supercars season.

The Kiwi enters his fourth season with the team aboard its #7 Ford Mustang, which will carry the colours of Australian company NED Whisky for the second year.

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“They’re a great business to work with and we did some pretty cool things together in 2020 so I’m looking forward to continuing to build on that this season,” Heimgartner said.

“It’s definitely going to be different ball-game this year, there’s obviously been a big change in the team with the Groves coming onboard and we all have high expectations of where we think we should be compared to the rest of the teams in pit lane and hopefully we can get some more silverware for NED Whisky Racing.

“I’ll continue to have Dilan (Talabani) engineer my side of the garage, we’ve worked together for a long time now so we have a very strong relationship, but it will also be great to have the input of Alistair McVean, Dave Reynolds and a few other new members of the team as well which should give us some fresh ideas with setting up the cars.”

The arrival of Reynolds and Penrite to KGR has seen the oil company also receive branding on the front bumper and rear guards of Heimgartner’s car.

In fact, Australian-owned companies are a recurring theme on the #7; Sutton Tools, ACL Bearings, Eastern Plant Hire, and UNIT Workwear in addition to NED Whisky and Penrite Oil.

“We’re very excited to continue our partnership with NED Whisky this season with André and build on some of the success we had last year. Getting that pole position and then a couple of podiums last year was a great result, considering everything that was going on behind the scenes, and we expect to keep pushing forward this year.”

“We all have high expectations for André, there’s no doubt in my mind that he can win races, he came very close to achieving that a couple of times last year. With the support of the Grove Group now, we have the resource and infrastructure in place to hopefully be able to give both drivers the opportunity to achieve success and take it to the front-runners.”

The new colours will hit the track at the Victorian teams’ pre-season test day at Winton Motor Raceway on February 16, less than a fortnight before the opening round of the 2021 Repco Supercars Championship, the Repco Mount Panorama 500.

Will Dale is V8 Sleuth's Head of Content - Digital. He began his media career as a breakfast radio newsreader before joining SPEED TV Australia and FOX SPORTS Australia in 2012 as its Digital Editorial Lead - Motorsport, covering all forms of motorsport both in Australia and internationally. He became part of the V8 Sleuth team in 2018.