The reigning Aussie Racing Cars champion, Joel Heinrich is making the big step up to the Dunlop Super2 Series in 2019 with Matt Stone Racing.
Racing runs in Heinrich’s blood, with Joel the son of five-time national Saloon Car Series winner Bruce.
Heinrich's own road to Supercars started in production-based machinery; racing HQ Holdens, Nissan Pulsars and – following in his father’s footsteps – Saloon Cars.
He debuted in Aussie Racing Cars in 2017, taking a pair of round podiums in a limited campaign.
Running the full season in 2018, Heinrich started strongly with a string of top-three race results then ended the season on a hot streak.
Following his first race win at Queensland Raceway, a maiden round win followed at Winton before clinching the title in a dramatic final round on the Gold Coast.
Heinrich initially eyed Super3 as his next move, but instead takes the leap to Super2 with the help of South Australian businessman James Rosenberg, a long-time backer of rising talent and the owner of the car he will race.
The ex-DJR Team Penske Falcon was used by Todd Hazelwood for MSR in the first half of the 2018 Supercars season.