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WINNERS – Round 5 OTR SuperSprint
Special Award Ruthie Bowler for 230 Aussie Racing Car races
THE Envirogen Industrial Services AUSSIE RACING CARS have completed their first race day at the brand new Bend Motorsport Park at Tailem Bend in South Australia.
The first session in the early morning saw 26 of the pocket rockets take part. Youngster and newcomer Daniel Price (CNW Electrical Warehouse Nissan Altima) was quickest in the first session from Joel Heinrich (Osborns Transport Nissan Altima) and Justin Ruggier (Western Sydney Motorsport Mustang) was third. The session was red flagged after David Makin (Axil Coffee Rosters) pulled up around turn 16, but a quick recovery saw the session restart with 4 minutes to run meaning only one more hot lap by the whole field.
Next up was the 20 minute all in STIHL SHOP Mount Barker Mount Barker qualifying session, hard chargers from the Henrich stable swapped times, once again Price set the pace to be only trumped by Hienrich immediately before the red flag came out to end the session early after Ruth Bowler (Ruthie Racer Racing Ford Coupe) pulled up at the end of the front straight and Maddy Dunston (McDonalds Camaro) spun and was left stranded mid track. Ruggier was third once again, following up was Kel Treseder (KKP Motorsport Camaro) with Tyler Owen (Owen Build Racing Camaro) rounding out the top 5.
Heinrich took the STIHL SHOP Mount Barker Blower for “pole position for blowing them away”
The last event for today was the Aussie Racing Cars first race. The front row of the Grid was left empty as a mark of respect to Gerald Daniels who passed away last week, Gerald in the late 90’s was instrumental in the development and production of the first Aussie Racing Cars and owned the 4th car ever built.
In Race One a clean Run from Tresseder off the start saw him lead in turn one after starting on the second row of the grid from the Heinrich cars, a melee into the same turn mid-pack had Bruce Heinrich and Reece Chapman Spin and run wide, both restarted although Heinrich senior would not complete the race. Treseder ran wide over the back of the track and dropped a place to Joel Hienrich and then loose another spot to Price. Western Sydney Motorsport’s Charlotte Poynting and Johnathan Webb tangled that saw the later loose a wheel with both cars retired from the race and the safety car out for a lap.
Blake Sciberras (Western Sydney Motorsport Mustang) and Tyler Owen (Owen Build Racing Camaro) battled for 7th until the pair came together with a lap to run, Sciberras performed the perfect 360 pirouette and continued on and would finish down in 9th, meanwhile Owen went off track but gathered it up to finish 8th.
Price ran the majority of the race in second spot but on the final lap dropped to fourth with car issues.
At the end “Stoked”, was how race winner Joel Hienrich described the first ever Aussie Racing Car win today. “it’s so good to win the first race and on my home soil, the start was amazing to see both our team cars lined up on the front row of the grid” said Heinrich after race one.
In second place was Ruggier, “The car felt great, this place is amazing and we had a big tussle up the front with the Heinrich team boys, I was sitting in fourth but on the last two laps managed to pick up two spots”
“I had a great start and spilt the front cars to go into turn one in the lead, I lost a couple spots early on but chipped away to get back up to third, the car was good and came on in the second half of the race, we have some work to do but at least we took a podium spot” said Treseder after finishing the race in third.
RACE TWO of the Envirogen Industrial Services Aussie Racing Cars Tailem Bend round saw one of our longest standing drivers Ruthie Bowlercelebrated her 230th race start in the category, “its amazing and been a long time coming but I’m very proud to reach this milestone, I just love this category”, said Bowler.
Once again the pocket rockets went 5-6 wide into turn one, the Tailem Bend circuit is one of the, if not the widest circuit we travel too. Justin Ruggier(Western Sydney Motorsport Mustang) leads the pack through the first series of corners and leads the first laps, Joel Heinrich (Osborns Transport Nissan Altima) sits in second but soon takes the lead where he remains for the remainder of the race, Ruggier tries to take it back but just doesn’t have the car speed, he too remains in the same spot until the end.
Third for the race went to Kel Treseder (KKP Motorsport Camaro) where again he too started in that position and ended up there. Further back the racing was hard and fast, Blake Sciberras (Western Sydney Motorsport Mustang) finished in fourth after a close battle with current series leader Kyle Ensbey (Uber Graphics Mustang), the later managed to pass for fourth on lap four but Sciberras took it back the next lap.
Pawel Faber and David Makin make contact sending Makin into the kitty litter, the safety car is deployed for a lap, and then a one lap dash ensues to the finish.
Tyler Owen (Owen Build Racing Camaro), Josh Anderson (RDA Brakes / Perenso Camaro) and Leigh Bowler (Supergroups Conplex Construction Camaro) were all poised to leap frog the battling pair of Sciberras and Ensbey, however on the final lap Bowler spins at turn 9 and cannot restart the car. Owen finishes in sixth with Anderson in seventh.
This afternoon before race two the STIHL SHOP Mount Barker Blower for Pole Position was awarded to Joel Hienrich, he was also the recipient of the new Local Legends Beef Jerky award, for his pole position and race one win, along with his dad racing and that he is local to Tailem Bend and Adelaide.
There are two more races left for the event, the class is first up in the morning at 9.20am, it’s the reverse grid race that will see the top 10 cars from the last race reversed. And then the Aussie Cars are up again straight after the Supercars.
RACE THREE a Reverse Grid race saw the top ten inverted with everyone getting away to a clean start. Jonathon Bloxsom (Opteon Motorsport Camaro) leads into turn one followed by Josh Anderson (RDA Brakes / Perenso Camaro) with the later passing at turn 8 for his run at the lead.
Joel Heinrich (Osborns Transport Nissan Altima) went from 8th to second then into first after a safety car intervention when Grant Thompson (Western Sydney Motorsport Mustang) locks up and spins on to grass and becomes stuck due to his front splitter digging in, the safety car stays out for two laps.
Further back Reece Chapman (Motorsport 25 Camaro) runs out of room as Madison Dunston (McDonalds Camaro) moves across for position into turn one, this causes Chapman to run wide with dirt flying, he returns safely to the track.
Congestion into turn one on the restart causes Daniel Price (CNW Electrical Warehouse Nissan Altima) and Bruce Heinrich (Sierra Brava Lodge Toyota Aurion) to clash which results in a pirouette synchronised spin.
Henrich pulls away and leads, followed by Anderson. Justin Ruggier (Hertz Mustang) and Kel Treseder (KKP Motorsport Camaro) battle it out for position with Bloxsom now 6th.
On the final lap Anderson and Ruggier touch into turn one Ensby tries to hold off Treseder resulting in a battle coming into the last turn of the race.
Henrich crosses line first followed by Ruggier and Anderson and Treseder. A battle pack of Bloxsom and Adam Clark (Lustre Bar Melbourne Camaro) with Blake Sciberras (Hertz Mustang) clash on entry into the last corner, which sees Bloxsom touched by Clark and is pushed into the inside of the track at great speed resulting in finishing 18th Ensbey is fifth from Clark with Sciberras home sixth.
RACE FOUR is an all Heinrich affair although Ruggier tries hard to disrupt the charge taking the lead into turn one only to have it taken away again mid lap, the two swap again during the second lap but the lap counter will only show Heinrich leading all the laps as he crossed the line in front each time.
In third spot and again for the weekend was Kel Treseder after swapping spots with Daniel Price a couple of times, Price would come home in second in this race.
Brendan Tucker and team mate Jonathan Bloxsom have a great battle going on for 12th and 13th places, however on the penultimate lap Bloxsom spins all by himself in the identical place he spun in race three.
Further up front Ruggier and Ensbey have a tussle going on for the last spot on the podium.
Towards the end of the race Charlotte Poynting spectacularly has had her front splitter break away, she manages to keep the car under control and finishes in 19th and the first lady driver home.
In the end it was Heinrich from Price and Treseder, home in fourth was Ensbey with Anderson rounding out the top 5.
The next round of the Aussie Racing Cars is at Sydney Motorsport Park with the Shannons Nations in September.