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THE BIG GAINS BEHIND FEENEY’S DROUGHT-BREAKER

RED Bull Ampol Racing teen Broc Feeney hopes the floodgates have opened after his Repco Supercars Championship podium quest finally netted some more silverware at Sandown.

Make no mistake, Feeney is having quite the rookie season.

Through 26 races he is yet to finish outside the top 14 and is only behind Shane van Gisbergen, Cameron Waters, Will Davison, Anton De Pasquale and Chaz Mostert in the championship.

But for all his consistency, he’d been on a 21-race podium drought – before a fine drive from ninth to third in the Sandown finale.

“It has been quite a while and I certainly felt like we needed this,” said the #88 driver.

Even before then, Feeney mixed it with the front-runners just about all weekend at Sandown.

His 1:07.8678s in the Saturday Top 10 Shootout would have been good enough for third on the grid had it not been deleted for a track limits breach, but relegated to 10th, he was on the back foot immediately after being spun by Andre Heimgartner.

Feeney held third throughout the opening stanza of Race 25 before slipping up when he stalled in pit lane.

Then, it finally did come together, helped by some improved starts and general racecraft. Getting off the line had been a major problem all year for the 2021 Super2 title winner.

“Certainly I’m starting to get used to it,” Feeney said of the hand-to-hand combat in the main game.

“The first laps were crazy. I think my biggest strength and improvement this weekend has been my starts and my first laps.

“We have obviously put a big emphasis on improving the starts and I had three solid ones all weekend where I gained positions.”

Feeney chases Chaz Mostert. Pic: Nathan Wong

Feeney asserted that he was more happy to be consistently running in the middle of the top 10 than yo-yoing up and down the leaderboard but nevertheless hopes to start featuring more frequently at the very pointy end.

“I have been there or thereabouts this year but I’m hoping this podium sort of kicks the confidence back up and we can consistently be here a bit more often,” he said.

“But honestly I think we’re putting a reasonable championship together, like we’re pretty consistent this year, we’re sort of always in that four-five-six-seven area.

“We want to make that next step but it’s a process and we’re just putting in the work to make sure we can keep getting closer to the front.”

Feeney did however fail to break Scott McLaughlin’s record for the youngest championship race winner in ATCC/Supercars history.

He would have become the outright recordholder had he triumphed in the Saturday race, or shared the mantle with McLaughlin with a Sunday victory.

Next up is the ITM Auckland SuperSprint, with Feeney to get an early first look at Pukekohe Park Raceway thanks to some Toyota 86 laps.

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