Heimgartner wins shortened Dunlop Race 2
Kiwi teenager Andre Heimgartner has taken a maiden Dunlop Series race victory in a shortened reverse top 10 grid Race 2 at Queensland Raceway.
The race was called when it reached its time cut-off just eight laps into its scheduled 14 lap duration.
The start had earlier been delayed due to a passing shower ahead of the warm-up lap.
The rain was brief enough to ensure that the field eventually took the start on slicks.
Drew Russell beat pole-man Heimgartner off the line, but found himself demoted to second when the Finance Ezi Ford slipped by on the second lap.
Russell pressured Heimgartner to the flag, with the eventual margin between the two Fords just 0.7s.
Daniel Gaunt turned a sixth place grid slot into a third place finish ahead of Ashley Walsh, Steve Owen, Paul Morris, Jack Perkins, Dale Wood, Aaren Russell and George Miedecke.
Points leader and Race 1 winner Wood survived minor scrapes with both Morris and Perkins mid-race before settling into his eventual finishing position.
Casey Stoner scored his best race result to date thanks to a steady drive from 17th to 11th.
Another on the charge was Kristian Lindbom, who turned a 29th place start into an 18th. The Evans Motorsport Ford had failed to finish Race 1 after an opening lap dust-up triggered by a tap from Stoner.
Those in the wars in Race 2 included Andrew Jones and Taz Douglas, who clashed at Turn 4 on the opening lap while disputing third. The contact sent both cars to pitlane with damage.
The two Sonic Motor Racing Services Fords were both punted out of contention in separate incidents.
Gary Jacobson was tagged into a spin by Michael Hector after running wide and rejoining the racing line betweens Turn 4 and 5, while Rodney Jane was later the victim of contact from Nick McBride.
The combined points score from Races 1 and 2 will see Wood and Perkins share the front-row for the afternoon’s final race.
See below for the full Race 2 result
|1||Finance Ezi Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Ford Falcon FG||8||09:42.29|
|2||Go Karts Go||Drew Russell||Ford Falcon FG||8||09:43.01|
|3||Marque Management||Daniel Gaunt||Holden Commodore VE2||8||09:43.68|
|4||Infants Friend||Ashley Walsh||Ford Falcon FG||8||09:44.15|
|5||Sherrin Rentals/MWM||Steve Owen||Ford Falcon FG||8||09:44.92|
|6||Sargent Security Racing||Paul Morris||Holden Commodore VE2||8||09:48.60|
|7||Eggleston Motorsport||Jack Perkins||Holden Commodore VE||8||09:48.94|
|8||GB Galvanizing/MWM||Dale Wood||Ford Falcon FG||8||09:49.09|
|9||CEG Rentals/Go Karts Go||Aaren Russell||Ford Falcon FG||8||09:50.61|
|10||I Seek||George Miedecke||Ford Falcon FG||8||09:51.29|
|11||Triple Eight Race Engineering||Casey Stoner||Holden Commodore VE2||8||09:51.93|
|12||Blackchrome Sports & Workwear||Sam Walter||Holden Commodore VE2||8||09:54.78|
|13||Action Racing||Marcus Zukanovic||Holden Commodore VE||8||09:59.53|
|14||Linde Material Handling/Enzed||Cameron Waters||Holden Commodore VE2||8||09:59.75|
|15||R&J Batteries/NDD||Geoff Emery||Holden Commodore VE2||8||10:00.39|
|16||MiraFlores Estate/MWM||Morgan Haber||Ford Falcon FG||8||10:00.57|
|17||Icebreak Racing||Chris Pither||Holden Commodore VE2||8||10:00.64|
|18||Ozstaff Racing||Kristian Lindbom||Ford Falcon FG||8||10:00.74|
|19||Finance Ezi Racing||Josh Hunter||Ford Falocon FG||8||10:01.14|
|20||Resi Home Loans||Aaron McGill||Holden Commodore VE2||8||10:05.63|
|21||Poll Performance||Jim Pollicina||Holden Commodore VE||8||10:05.87|
|22||Formula Tech/Interquip Racing||Brett Stewart||Holden Commodore VE||8||10:06.20|
|23||Rev Trans WA||Aaron Tebb||Holden Commodore VE2||8||10:06.43|
|24||Warrin Mining Volvo Constructi||Adam Wallis||Holden Commodore VE||8||10:07.50|
|25||Gulf Western Oil||Michael Hector||Ford Falcon FG||8||10:07.79|
|26||Rodney Jane Racing/Sonic||Gary Jacobson||Ford Falcon FG||8||10:09.98|
|27||Pacific Hoists – Hitachi||Nandi Kiss||Holden Commodore VE||8||10:12.95|
|28||Advam Racing||Andrew Jones||Holden Commodore VE2||8||10:42.23|
|DNF||Rodney Jane Racing/Sonic||Rodney Jane||Ford Falcon FG||6||07:32.41|
|DNF||Tony D’Alberto Racing||Nick McBride||Ford Falcon FG||6||07:32.70|
|DNF||Image Racing/Arvo||Taz Douglas||Ford Falcon FG||5||10:58.10|