Andre Heimgartner will run in the colours of Plus Fitness as he embarks on his full-time return to the Supercars Championship with Nissan Motorsport.

The 22-year-old New Zealander was previously a full-time driver with the now-defunct Super Black Racing team in 2015 and then with the embattled Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport in 2016, but was unable to stay on the grid last year.

He performed impressively as a last-minute substitute Pirtek Enduro Cup co-driver for Brad Jones Racing, which helped propel him into a seat with Nissan Motorsport as the replacement for Todd Kelly who opted to retire from full-time racing to move into a management role with the team.

The Plus Fitness gym franchise group have been a long-time backer of Heimgartner, whose Nissan Altima will sport an eye-catching blue, white and orange paint scheme in its corporate colours.

“It’s very exciting to have Plus Fitness back on-board for 2018,” said Heimgartner.

“I’ve been involved with them over the last three years in various ways, so it’s great to be able to make my return into Supercars with their support. I love my fitness so it fits right in.

“The car looks great and it’s pretty cool to have Todd’s number, so to be able to inherit that number is a big responsibility.

“It’s all starting to come real now, but it won’t be 100 percent real until we drive out of pit lane for the first session in Adelaide. I can’t wait to get going.”

Heimgartner’s is the third of the four-strong Nissan Motorsport team’s livery schemes to be unveiled, continuing the trend of new colour schemes sported by incumbent drivers Simona de Silvestro and Michael Caruso. Team co-owner Rick Kelly is also expected to show off a revised livery for his #14 entry, which will have increased backing from Castrol.

Image via Nissan Motorsport

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