Reece Chapman takes second win of the season in Tasmania

Team CoolDrive/Motorsport 25’s Reece Chapman has greeted the chequered flag in the third race of the weekend for the Battery World Aussie Racing Cars Super Series at Symmons Plains.

Chapman held off stablemate Josh Anderson and series leader Joel Heinrich in a thrilling race, with Rookie Cup winner Brandon Madden along for the ride.

Fight MND’s Jeff Watters sat on pole for the inverted top 10event to kick off the Sunday action alongside Grant Thompson’s Thrifty Western Sydney Motorsport Mustang.

It was Watters making the best start as Grant Thompson was joined by brother Craig in the podium positions, while Riskie Racing’s Madden made steady progress to be third by the end of lap 1.

There was action at the end of the opening lap as Team CoolDrive/Perenso Racing’s Anderson was spun and Rookie Cup contender Rylan Gray went off in avoiding action. Craig Thompson also spun following contact with Kent Quinn in the Norganic Proteins Mustang.

Madden moved through at Turn 6 on Watters as he soon built a second advantage ahead of the chasing pack, but he was soon caught by Ryder Quinnfor Black Diamond Building and Construction bringing the Team CoolDrive/Motorsport 25 of Chapman along for the ride.

It was Madden holding on, but Quinn once again took the lead at Turn 2 as Chapman remained close behind.

The progress of Osborn’s Transport’s Heinrich was up to fourth by lap 10 and had caught the leaders. Contact made between Chapman and Quinn made Heinrich’s job easier dropping the Black Diamond Building and Construction entry back.

Chapman continued to lead, but Heinrich was now second ahead of Madden and Anderson, with Quinn back in fifth.

Anderson continued his progression to third demoting Madden as Quinn’s rubbing tyre dissipated and he was back in the battle.

Passing at the hairpin was not an option after Watters found the gravel, as Anderson came out ahead of Heinrich and after Chapman.

Further jostling occurred along the back sweeper as Chapman crossed the line first from Anderson, Heinrich, Madden and Quinn, with the race concluding early.

Although having a minor off, James Ward won Gold Cup and was sixth in the ASAP Marketing Mustang from Sheridan Phillips, Koan Solutions’ Anthony Di Mauro, Rylan Gray and Matt Gooding for PCA/MGR Racing.

Madden, Quinn and Gray rounded out the Rookie Cup in Race 3,Ward again win the Gold Cup as Gooding led Leslie Corish to finalise the podium.

With Kent Quinn’s retirement, Grant Thompson was winner of Masters Cup from Muscle Motor Trimmers supported Andrew Longelly and Keith Bensley in the second ASAP Marketing entry.

Race 4 will conclude the weekend for the Battery World Aussie Racing Cars Super Series at 11:20am AEST.

UPDATE: A 15s penalty has been applied to Anderson after passing under yellow flags at the hairpin on the last lap dropping the reigning series winner to 10th.

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