Joel Heinrich converts pole to victory after thrilling duel

Battery World Aussie Racing Cars Super Series leader Joel Heinrich has continued his unbeaten run to the season after securing victory in the opening race at Queensland Raceway, but it wasn’t without a fight.

Heinrich was challenged by Kody Garland early on as the MTANSW/Valvoline-supported driver took the lead for a lap early on, but the series leader regained it and started to build a gap.

This was made easier as CoolDrive Racing’s Josh Anderson was putting pressure on Garland allowing Heinrich to build his race winning advantage.

Anderson managed to take second from Garland in the end to finish 4.534s behind Heinrich, while Brandon Madden was fourth to lead the way in the Rookie Cup driving the Riskie Racing/Harvey’s Towing Service Ford Mustang, climbing seven positions.

Right behind was Madden’s Rookie Cup rival Rylan Gray from Kyle Ensbey, Masters Cup winner Kent Quinn for Norganic Proteins, debutant Lachlan Bloxsom in the Team Navy entry, Lachlan Ward and Nathan Williams.

An incident involving Cody Brewczynski in the Shell Rimula Topgun Race Team Ford Mustang and Motorsport 25/CoolDrive Racing’s Reece Chapman dropped both down the order with work to do in Race 2 later today.

Behind Madden and Gray in the Rookie Cup was Williams in 10th,while Quinn led Masters Cup from Thrifty Western Sydney Motorsport’s Grant Thompson as Andrew Longelly driving the Muscle Motor Trimmers Euro GT rounded out the podium.

Matt Gooding in his PCA/MGR Racing Chevrolet just missed the top 10, but won Gold Cup holding off the Fight MND entry of Jeff Watters and Scott Dornan in the Action Line Marking Camaro as the leader all weekend of the class James Ward retired in the ASAP Marketing Mustang.

The sole Woman’s Cup entry of Charlotte Poynting finished 16thas she made a few positions in the Banlaw Fluid Asset Intelligence entry.

Race 2 follows this afternoon at 4:10pm AEST.

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Bathurst 500
Supercars Championship
Feb 23-25
Round 2
Queensland Raceway
Australian Super Bike Championship
Apr 26-28
Round 3
Supercars Championship
May 17-19
Round 4
Townsville 500
Supercars Championship
July 5-7
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