Heinrich aims for QR return after Townsville Super2 absence

Joel Heinrich pic: Matt Stone Racing Facebook

Matt Stone Racing’s Joel Heinrich is aiming to be back on the Super2 grid in Ipswich later this month despite sitting out this weekend’s Townsville round.

Heinrich stepped up to the Dunlop Super2 Series this year after winning the 2018 Aussie Racing Cars series, and had driven MSR’s ex-DJR Team Penske FGX Falcon in the first two rounds of the season.

The South Australian had earmarked the Watpac Townsville 400 event as one to skip due to previously known budget constraints, and his lack of experience at the circuit.

“We had a couple of sponsors that didn’t come through, so obviously looking at trying to do as many this year as we can so we chose Townsville as one of the ones we were going to skip,” Heinrich told Speedcafe.com.

“Much as everyone raves on it, about how cool it is and it’s an awesome track, I’ve never been there but all the others on the calendar I have, so we’re going to try and concentrate on doing the ones that I’ve sort of been to so I’ve got a bit of track knowledge and hope for a better result.”

That means that he hopes to complete the final four rounds at Queensland Raceway, Bathurst, Sandown, and Newcastle, given that he his raced at those tracks in various series.

“That’s the plan at the moment,” affirmed Heinrich regarding driving at Queensland Raceway.

“(We are) just working on a few things with a couple of other sponsors so it’s looking positive that we’ll be at Queensland Raceway but obviously we’ll know in the next couple of weeks, I guess.”

The Super2 entry list its at 18 cars for Round 3 of the series in North Queensland, with Heinrich and Brodie Kostecki both dropping out, the latter due to preparations for a Kostecki Brothers Racing wildcard entry in the Pirtek Enduro Cup, but Tim Blanchard coming in for a one-off start.

Eggleston Motorsport will continue to field three Triple Eight-built VF Commodores, although Jack Perkins comes in for Dean Fiore in the #54 entry.

Practice gets underway today at 1000 local time/AEST.

Entry list: Round 3, Reid Park Street Circuit

Num Team Driver Car
5 Tickford Racing Thomas Randle Ford Falcon FGX
10 Triple Eight Race Engineering Brenton Grove Holden Commodore VF
55 Triple Eight Race Engineering Kurt Kostecki Holden Commodore VF
15 Image Racing Adam Marjoram Holden Commodore VF
49 Image Racing Jordan Boys Holden Commodore VF
16 MW Motorsport Bryce Fullwood Nissan Altima
27 MW Motorsport Tyler Everingham Nissan Altima
28 MW Motorsport Zane Goddard Nissan Altima
18 Matt Chahda Motorsport Matt Chahda Ford Falcon FGX
21 Brad Jones Racing Jack Smith Holden Commodore VF
77 Brad Jones Racing Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF
35 Matt Stone Racing Ash Walsh Holden Commodore VF
38 Eggleston Motorsport Will Brown Holden Commodore VF
54 Eggleston Motorsport Jack Perkins Holden Commodore VF
88 Eggleston Motorsport Justin Ruggier Holden Commodore VF
44 Garry Rogers Motorsport Dylan O’Keeffe Holden Commodore VF
99 Garry Rogers Motorsport Mason Barbera Holden Commodore VF
56 Kostecki Brothers Racing Jake Kostecki Holden Commodore VF

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