Another win for Joel Heinrich in dramatic Race 2 at Newcastle

It was a dramatic end to the second race for the Battery World Aussie Racing Cars Super Series at Newcastle as Osborn Transport’s Joel Heinrich took another hard fought victory on the streets of Newcastle.

Heinrich made the best jump as Western Sydney Motorsport’s Craig Woods survived an onslaught by CoolDrive Racing duo Reece Chapman and Josh Anderson to hold second.

The leader pulled a large gap to the chasing trio as behind the fight was on between Shell Rimula Topgun Racing Team’s Cody Brewczyski, lead Rookie Cup contender Rylan Gray and Scott Dorlan in the Action Line Marking Camaro.

Woods was withstanding the pressure from Anderson well, but the reigning series winner made his way through at Turn 2 lap 2, but found it difficult to breakaway.

Newly engaged Cody McKay was in dramas again as he tangled Nathan Locke, but both managed to recover as another incident involving the recovering Matt Gooding and the returning Sheridan Phillips led to the yellow flag being displayed.

Again, just like Race 1 it closed Heinrich’s large lead as the two CoolDrive Racing entries were menacing upon the restart.

Entering Turn 1 with two laps remaining it was Chapman trying the outside line on Heinrich, but losing out as Anderson went down the inside at Turn 2 to take the lead, with Woods remaining in touch.

A dive down the inside at the hairpin by Heinrich on Anderson proved timely as chaos ensued back in the pack.

However, the race was cut short due to multiple incidents around the circuit including a rollover for Michael Bartsch in the Bartsch Earthmoving Chevrolet Camaro, while a further incident involved Brewczynski and local Michael Sherwell exiting Turn 1.

Heinrich led home Anderson and Chapman as Woods led Masters Cup winner Kent Quinn to round out the top five.

Behind Quinn in Masters Cup was Motorsport25's Troy Jones and Grant Thompson of Western Sydney Motorsport.

Gold Cup was won by Craig Thompson in the third Western Sydney Motorsport entry from Fight MND's Jeff Watters and ASAP Marketing driver Scott Gore.

The Battery World Aussie Racing Cars Super Series action continues at 9:15am AEDT tomorrow with Race 3.

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2023 Race Schedule
Round 1
Thrifty Newcastle 500
Repco Supercars Championship
Mar 10-12
Round 2
Queensland Raceway
Australian Super Bike Championship
Apr 28-30
Round 3
NED Whisky Tasmania SuperSprint
Repco Supercars Championship
May 19-21
Round 4
Betr Darwin Triple Crown
Repco Supercars Championship
Jun 16-18
Round 5
NTI Townsville 500
Repco Supercars Championship
Jul 7-9
Round 6
Highlands Motorsport Park, New Zealand
10th Anniversary of Highlands
Nov 3-5