Joel Heinrich continues street circuit hot streak in Newcastle

Osborn’s Transport driver Joel Heinrich has led the way following the opening practice session for the Battery World Aussie Racing Cars Super Series at Newcastle.

The first on-track session for 2023 was interrupted by two red flags as Heinrich continued his strong form from last year’s non-series event in Adelaide to lead the way in practice on a 1m 22.986s.

Just 0.367s behind was the Koan Solutions entry of Anthony DiMauro, while Lachlan Ward was third in his Chevrolet Camaro. The top five was completed by CoolDrive Racing’s lead contender Reece Chapman and Craig Woods for Western Sydney Motorsport.

Kody Garland for MTA NSW was sixth ahead of the impressive Cody Brewczynski in his Shell Rimula Topgun Race Team Ford Mustang. Lead Novocastrian Cody McKay was eighth in his Chevrolet Camaro followed by lead rookie Rylan Gray and Jon McCorkindale in his category return rounded out the top 10.

Reigning series leader Josh Anderson was 11th in the second CoolDrive Racing Ford Mustang.

Lead runner in the Gold Cup was Jeff Watters driving the Fight MND Mustang from Denis Butler’s Butler Fabrication/Team Grand Racing Chevrolet Camaro and the PCA/MGR Racing entry of Matt Gooding.

Masters Cup was led by Kent Quinn’s Norganic Proteins Mustang from Scott O’Keefe in the MSS Group Ford and Grant Thompson for Western Sydney Motorsport.

The sole Women’s Cup runner in the field, returnee Charlotte Poynting finished the session 15th at her home track.

The Battery World Aussie Racing Cars Super Series will return to the track for qualifying at 2:45pm AEDT.

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