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Feeney advancing towards Gen3 tilt

BROC Feeney hopes to become an out-and-out contender once the Gen3 Supercars take centre stage next season.

The 20-year-old is 12 rounds through a fine rookie season with Triple Eight Race Engineering, holding sixth in the championship.

Along the way, he has notched up two podiums and a further 21 top 10 finishes from 32 starts, his first DNF of the season coming at the Gold Coast.

Feeney has been overshadowed by all-conquering teammate Shane van Gisbergen but feels he is making gains to reel in the championship’s premier drivers.

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“We’re getting closer. I think Bathurst was a good example of where we’re at, Shane, Cam (Waters) and Chaz (Mostert) were up front and we’re just that little bit behind,” he said.

“We’re getting there.

“The biggest thing is experience. I look back on it and I go, how did I podium at Tassie in the fourth race? I was just driving the car and hanging on.

“Now I have got a lot more knowledge from throughout the year and I still have got so much to learn.”

Feeney had never raced any form of Supercar at the Gold Coast prior to last month

That bodes well for season 2023, when he’ll no longer give away current-generation Supercar experience to his rivals – given everyone will be driving either a brand-new Mustang or Camaro.

“It’s going to be really good,” said Feeney, who won a three-hour GT enduro at Bathurst on the weekend alongside Prince Jefri Ibrahim.

“Obviously everyone keeps going on about the level playing field going into next year, new cars for everyone and all the teams so for me, I don’t have to gain all this experience in the new car because we’re all starting at the same level so I’m looking forward to that.

“I feel like we have built a good platform this year, we just need to continue that for the next two races and hopefully we can start next year strong and carry in some good form.”

Feeney heads to the Adelaide season finale with a firm grip on sixth overall, 137 points clear of seventh-placed David Reynolds.

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