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Former Super2 driver to make TCM debut

FORMER Matt Stone Racing prodigy Joel Heinrich will make his Touring Car Masters debut next week at The Bend Motorsport Park.

MSR fielded Heinrich in a mix of Super2 and Super3 events in 2019.

Now 27 and a frontrunner in the Aussie Racing Cars scene, he will steer a Whiteline Racing Chevrolet Camaro in TCM’s maiden appearance at The Bend.

Heinrich’s opportunity has come via a fellow stalwart family of South Australian motorsport, the Middletons who are behind Whiteline.

“I’ve had a couple of test days and it’s been really good – a bit of an eye opener!” said Heinrich.

“The TCM car is very different to what I’m used to but I’m really excited to make some progress for the team and add to my own experience and learn a bit.

“The car is fun to drive. It’s an overpowered saloon car: lots of grunt, lots of straight-line and no aero so through the high-speed stuff you’re hanging on.

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“It’s going to be cool to join the series and compete against a couple of guys who have been racing since before I was born, and who I grew up watching in Supercars. They’ve all got their stuff sorted and are really fast.

“The deal came together through a mutual friend of ours and the Middletons and an old sponsor of Dad’s, Glen Jobling. He and one of my current supporters, CR International, put the deal together with Bob (Middleton) and his team and I jumped at it.

“I can’t wait to get on track at The Bend and have a go.”

The Bend forms the fourth of six rounds on the 2023 TCM calendar, with Steven Johnson currently holding a comfortable buffer atop the standings.

TCM’s Tailem Bend round will be in support of the Repco Supercars Championship’s OTR SuperSprint across August 18-20.

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