Walsh out, Heimgartner in for BJR Slade Commodore

2017 Carrera Cup Australia Championship

Brad Jones Racing have confirmed that Andre Heimgartner will replace Ash Walsh alongside Tim Slade for the rest of the Bathurst 1000 weekend.

The news comes after speculation about Walsh’s ability to drive after he was injured in a high speed crash aboard a prototype car last week at Phillip Island.

Walsh completed three laps in co-driver practice yesterday in the sister BJR entry of Nick Percat and Macauley Jones, after the Slade Commodore, which he was scheduled to drive, sustained damage in a crash during the preceding session.

The Queensland racer got out the car feeling confident about his ability to drive, but a night in pain has seen a decision against it.

“Unfortunately Ash (Walsh) did three laps yesterday and had a very bad night last night,” said Freightliner Racing team owner Kim Jones.

“He’s quite sore, and won’t be driving the car, so we’re going to put Andre Heimgartner in the car and roll out the B plan that we had in place since Ash’s accident and move on with that.”

Jones reinforced that the team are under pressure to get everything ready, after the overnight repair job of the #14 Commodore, but have a rough plan of the next steps.

“We are sort of running by the seat of our pants at the moment, because you come here with all the strategy and a very defined plan.

“The first thing is to get Tim (Slade) out for a few laps and then put Heimgartner in and give him as many laps as possible.”

The Supercars Bathurst 1000 weekend continues with Practice 4, which begins at 8:45 AEDT.