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Feeney desperate to not fall behind eight-ball again

IT was the opening race of last season where ecstasy turned to agony for Triple Eight, and Broc Feeney is fired up to ensure they don’t find themselves on the back foot again.

Triple Eight saw in Supercars’ Gen3 era with a Shane van Gisbergen-led one-two in the Saturday race of the 2023 Newcastle 500, only to have those results stripped after the placement of their driver cooling systems was found to be non-compliant.

From that point, neither van Gisbergen nor Feeney regained the championship lead, and Triple Eight was ultimately forced to settle for second behind Erebus Motorsport and Brodie Kostecki.

This weekend’s Thrifty Bathurst 500 is about making amends, to set the Red Bull Ampol wheels in motion for a renewed title challenge.

“It’s all about getting the ball rolling for the year for the first round,” said #88 driver Feeney.

“It’s such a long year and anything can happen at these tracks.

“We didn’t have the best start to last year, so we are aiming to get some solid points right from Round 1 and be in the hunt right from the start.”

Feeney showed supreme pace last weekend at the Repco Bathurst 12 Hour, topping qualifying to put his #888 Mercedes-AMG GT3 on provisional pole before taking second in the Top 10 Shootout.

After 12 hours of racing, sixth was the end result for Feeney, Will Brown and Mikaël Grenier.

With his first Triple Eight race meeting under his belt, Brown is eyes forward to starting life in the #87 Camaro on a high.

“There is a big difference between driving a GT and a Supercar. I’ll have to make sure my brake markers are right, I won’t have traction control and ABS,” said Brown.

“But it is great to already have one weekend under my belt to get comfortable with the track for the year.

“In the lead-up to weekend, I’ve been working closely with my engineer Andrew Edwards making sure we are talking the same lingo and that we are understanding what we both want.”

Brown joined Triple Eight in the off-season after a six-year spell with Erebus.

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