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FRESH off the second podium of his Repco Supercars Championship career, Broc Feeney will make his latest crucial pre-event exploratory trip.

After being spun by Andre Heimgartner in the Saturday leg at Sandown and committing a costly pit lane stall in Race 25, Feeney rebounded to take third in the event finale yesterday afternoon.

Now, the focus will quickly shift to next month’s Auckland SuperSprint.

The 19-year-old will cut laps in a Toyota 86 around Pukekohe Park Raceway in the lead-up.

Such endeavours have proven beneficial to not only to get Feeney familiarised with new circuits this year, but to the broader Triple Eight Race Engineering operation.

In late April, Feeney made an early visit to Wanneroo Raceway, driving a Radical Cup Australia car. Later that week, teammate Shane van Gisbergen won two of three main game races at the same location – one at which he’d never before tasted victory.

Triple Eight then timed rookie test days at Winton Motor Raceway and The Bend Motorsport Park ahead of events there. Winton had traditionally been a problematic circuit for Triple Eight, while The Bend had built a reputation as a Ford happy hunting ground.

Again, van Gisbergen was supreme at both venues, taking four wins and two seconds across the combined six races.

Feeney in the #88 ZB Commodore

Van Gisbergen let slip in the Sunday press conference that Feeney’s upcoming trip across the Tasman would form part of the team’s preparations.

“Broc is going driving there next week so maybe we can learn a bit about the surface and stuff,” said the man who now leads the 2022 championship by 500 points.

“I’ll go over to New Zealand early and have a look around myself. It’s all going to be in the preparation to make sure we’re ready to go.”

Triple Eight team manager Mark Dutton further elaborated, speaking to V8 Sleuth.

“Well, I mean he hasn’t driven that track before so it’s an awesome opportunity organised by his race engineer (Martin Short), whose dad then organised a Toyota 86 round to have a skid in,” he said.

“So obviously not a lot translates as far as cars – well, nothing – but just to have a look around and a feel and getting in the mode of going over there, just having a track inspection.”

Feeney on the Race 26 podium

Dutton hailed his crew’s Sunday efforts at Sandown, both for improving its race car after Will Davison had cruised to the Race 24 victory, as well as for its efficient work in pit lane.

“In the last race today was we were quickest pit stops in both cars for the field,” said Dutton, who noted off-season engineering recruit Andrew Edwards has been a driving force in calling for more time spent practicing pit stops.

“We’ve been working really hard, the pit crew, to do that because there’s some lightning teams.

“DJR and BJR are the benchmarks so to get the two quickest in that last race, that’s why everyone was extra excited.

“You had obviously Shane winning, Broc third, everyone was pumped, but then for the pit crew to do a cracker job, that was pretty special.”

Supercars’ last ever round at Pukekohe will take place across September 9-11.

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