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WINNERS – Round 4 Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint
1st Justin Ruggier – Western Sydney Motorsport
2nd Joel Heinrich – Osborns Transport
3rd Blake Sciberras – Western Sydney Motorsport
Rookie: Kyle Ensbey – Uber Graphics
Gold cup: Tony Quinn – Aussie Racing Cars
Masters Cup: Leigh Bowler – Conplex Construction
IT STARTED from the moment the lights went out and continued all the way to the chequered flag. Kyle Ensbey (Mustang) Kel Treseder (Camaro) battled all the way, exchanging the lead on several occasions before Ensbey scored a narrow win.
The gap between them was just 0.0065s at the end of race one of the fourth Aussie Racing Cars Championship round. That gap was less than the one-tenth between them in qualifying which Treseder headed.
There was a similar battle over the second half of the race between Western Sydney Motorsport Mustang team mates Justin Ruggier and Blake Sciberrasfor third position. Early on they also had Paul Morris (Altima) to contend with but he spun as a result of contact with Sciberras on lap four at Turn 3.
From there Ruggier had the lead but Sciberras did get ahead. But in the end, it went the way of Ruggier when they ran side-by-side through turn four on the final lap and Sciberras ran wide on the exit to turn five.
Behind them there were a host of Camaro-bodied racers with Reece Chapman fifth and fending off Tyler Owen, Adam Uebergang and Josh Anderson after he made a poor start, and finished ahead of Joel Heinrich(Altima). Then followed Morris on the recovery trail from the early contact.
Just out of the top ten were Leigh Bowler (Camaro), Tony Quinn (Mustang) and Brendon Tucker who stopped in qualifying when his Camaro tripped a circuit breaker.
The race ran virtually incident-free with only Madison Dunston (Camaro) spinning at turn four on lap two and contact between David Makin (Camaro) and Charlotte Poynting (Mustang) at turn three the next time round, caused both to spin.
Earlier qualifying honours went to Treseder just ahead of Ensbey with covering the top ten that also included Sciberras, Uebergang, Ruggier, Morris, Owen, Heinrich, Anderson and Chapman.
IN A stirring race from outside the top ten, Joel Heinrich in his Osborn Transport Altima-bodied Aussie Racing Car, charged through to win the second race of the fourth round at Queensland Raceway today.
Heinrich started ninth, dropped to 11th on the opening lap and then steadfastly forged through to take the lead on the ninth of the ten-lap journey. He then fended off fellow Altima driver Paul Morris to take the win.
Third went Justin Ruggier (Hertz Mustang) ahead of race one winner Kyle Ensbey (Uber Graphics Mustang), Reece Chapman (Motorsport 25 Camaro) and Leigh Bowler (Supergroups Complex Construction Camaro).
In the early part it was Kel Treseder (KKP Camaro) that narrowly led Ensbey and the WSM team mates Blake Sciberras and Ruggier. The four were clear of Josh Anderson (RDA Brakes Camaro) who held sway over Tyler Owen (Camaro), Morris and Adam Uebergang (Camaro).
By the third tour all of them were running line astern and their positions changed as they were joined by Heinrich. Sciberras tangled with Owen out of turn five on lap four and lost his front body work. Anderson lost places as he had to take avoiding action. The melee resulted in a safety car period.
Treseder was still the leader when the race resumed under green flag conditions. But he lost third gear after turn three, slowed and then tangled with Uebergang two corners later.
Sciberras recovered for seventh ahead of Tony Quinn (Mustang), Owen, Anderson, Uebergang, and the Camaros piloted by Ben Tomlin, Jonathan Bloxsom and Brendon Tucker. Treseder, the points leader coming into the weekend, limped home 19th.
Sunday Wrap – Races 3 & 4
Meanwhile Justin Ruggier in the other Hertz Mustang was the overall round winner ahead of those race victos with Paul Morris (Ozland Security Altima) fourth and race-one winner Kyle Ensbey (Uber Graphics Mustang) fifth overall.
The morning race (three) was a reverse top ten from race two where Sciberras skipped away at the start, was never headed and took a 4.8 second victory. By contrast second was tight with four cars fighting it out.
Ultimately Morris crossed the line as runner-up ahead of Ruggier, Heinrich and Ensbey. There was a gap to Josh Anderson, Tyler Owen, Adam Uebergang and Reece Chapman, all driving Camaro-bodied racers.
Points leader coming into the round, and a narrow second in race one before gearbox issues in race two, Kel Treseder, failed to get through a lap due to a broken throttle cable.
At the start of the final race, a touch with Uebergang sent Anderson spinning and caused Owen to get off track. In the meantime, Ruggier led until Morris displaced him after the first lap, and he held the top position until the end of a safety car period at mid-distance. That was brought about when Charlotte Poynting’s Mustang stopped after turn five with a broken camshaft.
After the race went green again Uebergang when flying off out of turn two because of contact with Brendon Tucker (Camaro). Uebergang managed to continue but did leave a little grass fire in his wake.
Heinrich led for a lap before Morris regathered and then Treseder continued his barn-storming run from the rear of the grid, to grab the lead with a lap to go.
On the last lap Heinrich went ahead for the win from Ruggier, Treseder and Morris. Despite a moment at turn five with two laps to go, Sciberras managed to finish fifth ahead of Owen, Chapman, Anderson, Leigh Bowler (Camaro) and Ensbey.