Lights to flag for Joel Heinrich in opening race at Symmons Plains

Osborn’s Transport driver Joel Heinrich has taken theopening race of Round 3 for the Battery World Aussie Racing Cars Super Series at Symmons Plains.

Heinrich held off the challenges of title rivals Josh Anderson and Reece Chapman early, but it was Ryder Quinn leading Kent Quinn to the line rounding out the podium

Team CoolDrive/Perenso Racing’s Anderson won the start as Heinrich was forced to defend from the Norganic Proteins entry of Masters Cup leader Kent Quinn into Turn 2.

Quinn dropped back from the lead two drivers and had the second Team CoolDrive backed entry of Motorsport 25’s Chapman for company, but it was the latter taking back third at Turn 6 as the battle for first heated up.

Heinrich had a look at the Turn 4 hairpin after Anderson ran wide, but the Team CoolDrive entry held on at Turn 6 around the outside.

However, the next lap Anderson was unable to hold on as Heinrich took the position as Chapman began to catch the rear of his Team CoolDrive stablemate.

Black Diamond Building and Construction’s Ryder Quinn was up to fourth, while Cody McKay was enjoying an impressive run to run behind the Norganic Proteins entry of Kent Quinn.

McKay was holding off Brandon Madden in the Riskie Racing Camaro, Western Sydney Motorsport’s Craig Thompson and Scott Dornan for Action Line Marking as a spin for Matt Gooding at Turn 6 forced a safety car after he was unable to restart.

But just prior to the caution period, Anderson slowed from second and slotted back into ninth returning to full speed.

On the restart, Ryder Quinn was on the charge taking second from Chapman and pursuing Heinrich. Behind, Kent Quinn was leading a feisty group featuring McKay and Madden in the battle for fifth lasting a whole entire lap nearly side-by-side.

Up front, Heinrich was holding a 1.135s as the two Quinns were battling Chapman and successfully passed to round out the podium positions, with McKay making rapid progress until getting sideways at Turn 6 allowing Madden back through.

Koan Solutions-supported driver Anthony Di Mauro was a big mover climbing eight positions, taking advantage of damage to Dornan’s entry, further demoting Sheridan Phillips for seventh.

Heinrich continued to lead from Ryder Quinn, Kent Quinn, Chapman, Anderson, Madden, McKay, Phillips, James Ward and Anthony Di Mauro rounded out the top 10.

Ryder Quinn led the way in the Rookie Cup from Madden and Dornan, while Kent Quinn was the Masters Cup winner from Western Sydney Motorsport’s Grant Thompson, with Andrew Longelly in the Muscle Motor Trimmers rounding out the class result.

Ward took Gold Cup from Jeff Watters in the Fight MND Mustang and Craig Thompson, who spun on the last lap after colliding with Leslie Corrish.

The Battery World Aussie Racing Cars Super Series action continues with Race 2 later today at 2:05pm AEST.

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Round 1
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
Round 5
Symmons Plains
Supercars Championship
Aug 16-18
Round 6
Phillip Island Circuit
Australian Superbike Championship
Sep 7-8
Round 7
Gold Coast 500
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Oct 25-27