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Feeney’s view on overtaking SVG in title race

FOR the first time in the best part of three years, Shane van Gisbergen is not the lead Triple Eight driver in the Supercars standings.

Van Gisbergen was utterly dominant throughout 2021 and 2022 but has had a mixed start to the Gen3 era.

Young teammate Broc Feeney has impressed this year, increasingly matching van Gisbergen on merit, and second place in Race 1 of the Darwin Triple Crown was enough to help him leapfrog the Kiwi in the championship.

Feeney is now third overall, five points ahead of van Gisbergen and only behind Erebus Motorsport’s Brodie Kostecki and Will Brown.

“Obviously we both want to be one and two, that’s the goal,” Feeney said.

“It has been a pretty rocky start of this year, there’s been a lot of ups and downs, not just for us but for everyone.

“Obviously moving up is a good thing but collectively I think we need to be better. I think we have been stronger in the past as a team so we’ll just keep working hard.

“I feel like on my side of the garage we have made good improvements, certainly fast this weekend, we’ve rolled out fast on Saturday which is fantastic.

“Obviously they (#97) have had a lot of problems over the last 24 hours.

“I still think he is the guy to beat, he is still probably the best driver on the grid at the moment so we’ll just keep working hard and keep trying to move forward.”

Sixth yesterday for van Gisbergen was not a bad result given Friday practice was a write-off the #97 Camaro.

Shane van Gisbergen. Pic: Supplied

“The guys did an awesome job on my car overnight to get it to where it was today,” van Gisbergen said.

“Although we managed to make all three qualifying sessions today, I still struggled because it felt like they were my first laps of the weekend after not getting a run at yesterday’s practice sessions, and it didn’t feel like I was driving very well.

“The car was well sorted overnight, and the guys did an awesome job for the effort they put in. It was a tough race out there.

“I’m so thankful that Cam (Waters) is okay. To see his car catch fire like that was really scary, but I was relieved to see him ok after that.

“The car has some damage which we’ll work through overnight and hopefully come back tomorrow with a strong car.”

As for Triple Eight’s wildcard, Zane Goddard qualified soundly and started well before his race came unstuck.

“The start of the race was super positive. I got a really good launch which allowed me to pass quite a few cars,” said Goddard.

Zane Goddard. Pic: Supplied

“We were in a good position and I think we could have conserved our position well but then we had the first Safety Car come out.

“We thought the Safety Car in theory was going to help us because we are a one car team, whereas there would be a lot of double stacking happening for the rest of pitlane.

“If pitlane had run a little smoother it would’ve been a good thing – there was a lot happening.

“I ran into the back of (James) Courtney and then I got rear-ended and did a bit of bodywork damage, resulting in us losing a fair few places.

“I could have maybe pushed a little harder, at the end it felt like there was a little more left in the tyres, which is a good learning to take into tomorrow.

“The racing is so close between the cars, in the end we just didn’t quite have enough pace today. We’ll take the learnings from today and try to deliver some solid results tomorrow.”

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