Building on his overnight lead, the Ford Fiesta R5 driver dominated the action, going quickest on nine of the leg’s 10 stages as he settled into a comfortable groove on the New South Wales gravel.
Heller’s dominant lead was aided by the retirement of his two closest rivals. First to go was his older brother Pedro, who crashed on the first run of the Welshs Creek Reverse test, beaching his Fiesta in a ditch.
Armin Kremer also failed to finish the day. The German retired his Skoda Fabia on the road section before SS16 with a mechanical issue.
Benefiting from the two retirements was Gianluca Linari, who enjoyed a clean run through the stages to bring his Subaru Impreza back to Coffs Harbour in second place.