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Andre Heimgartner joins the FRD LMP3 Series this weekend - Photo: Supplied

Andre Heimgartner joins the FRD LMP3 Series this weekend – Photo: Supplied

Andre Heimgartner will make his prototype debut after getting called up to race in the FRD LMP3 Series at Shanghai this weekend.

Heimgartner who is currently sitting in second in the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia, will join multiple Australian Formula 3 champion Tim Macrow at S&D Motorsports. Following the likes of James Winslow, Greg Taylor, Simon Evans, Josh Burdon and Garnet Patterson who have already raced in the series since it’s debut this year.

“This is a very exciting opportunity and when the call-up came through, I jumped at it,” said Heimgartner.

“The S&D Motorsports team is very well-respected and I am really looking forward to seeing what I can do for them in Shanghai this weekend.

“I have been watching the FRD LMP3 Series with interest since it launched earlier this year, and have been very impressed by what I have seen.

“Tim Macrow is also obviously no slouch behind the wheel and has raced this car before in the Series, so I think we should make a good partnership this weekend.”

Heimgartner will also be reunited with his Formula 3 engineer Terry Stott, who engineers the S&D Motorsports LMP3 program in Asia.

“I have had some face time with the those who will be engineering this weekend in the past also, so it is good to know there will be some familiar faces around as I take on this exciting new challenge this weekend.”

Macrow said he was looking forward to working with Heimgartner in Shanghai this weekend.

“I’m looking forward to teaming with Andre this weekend,” Macrow said.

“Having Andre join the team will be fantastic. He brings a similar open-wheel background to mine and I think that will help him adapt to the car quickly so we can contend for a result this weekend.

“The championship has attracted some real quality in its first year and the competition is strong, including a lot of guys I’ve been racing with and against for a long time.  It’s been great to be part of so far.”

We’ll have more coverage of the FRD LMP3 Series in our International Wrap next week. In the mean time make sure you pick up the next issue of Auto Action magazine, on sale Thursday, and follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for updates between issues.