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When Feeney drove for Triple Eight’s chief rivals

BROC Feeney is now a well-established member of Triple Eight Race Engineering, but it’s not the only Supercars team that he’s driven for.

In fact, Feeney has previously driven for several of the team’s key rivals in pitlane.

His first Supercars test

Feeney’s very first laps aboard a Supercar actually came when he was just 15 years old, courtesy of the Aussie Driver Search in 2018.

The competition offered aspiring professional racers a fully-funded drive on the Supercars ladder; for that year’s winner, that was meant to be a ride with Matt Stone Racing in the 2019 Super2 Series.

Feeney booked his spot among 80 finalists at the Morgan Park trials in July, where he drove a Project Blueprint-era Ford Falcon FG originally built by Ford Performance Racing.

Come the grand final at Wakefield Park in December, Feeney dipped out in the early rounds and missed out on the big prize.

It was probably for the best; eventual winner Matt Powers was left high-and-dry when ADS went bust in mid-2019, his prize having already become a fully-funded Super3 drive rather than Super2.

Paul Morris Motorsport

While no longer a ‘main game’ team, PMM was still a regular presence in Supercars’ second and third-tier series through the 2010s.

In 2018, Feeney was the latest promising young racer that Paul Morris took under his wing, and in September ‘The Dude’ gave the still-just-15-year-old laps at Queensland Raceway in the same FG Falcon that Anton De Pasquale had campaigned in the 2016 Super2 Series.

Feeney drove the car plenty more in 2019, when he piloted the Dick Johnson Racing-built Falcon to the inaugural Super3 Series title.

Feeney leads the field into Southern Loop on his way to victory in the opening race of the 2019 season at Phillip Island. Pic: an1images.com / Ross Gibb

Brad Jones Racing

Prior to the ADS finale in 2018 – and having turned the ripe old age of 16 years of age – Feeney was one of a handful of youngsters to complete a day of testing with Brad Jones Racing at Winton.

Feeney joined Nathan Herne and Jayden Ojeda in piloting two of the team’s Super2 Series Commodores: the VF raced that season by Jack Smith and Zane Goddard.

“It was unbelievable to see my name on the side of the Supercar walking into the garage and affirmed that it is where I want to be now and in the future,” Feeney said at the time.

“The times I set were strong and the day allowed me to get full sessions of not only driving but the engineering and data side of things.

“This is one area I felt I made some strong gains in, also varying tyre conditions and how that approached the car.”

BJR went to the trouble of putting Feeney’s name on the #21 car for the test day. Pic: Instagram / Broc Feeney

Erebus Motorsport

Feeney’s first laps in a current ‘main game’ car came with Triple Eight’s arch-rivals from the 2023 season: Erebus Motorsport.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, ‘Additional Drivers Practice’ sessions were a regular feature at several Supercars sprint rounds.

Nominally for Enduro Cup co-drivers to gain seat time beyond test days, some teams took the opportunity to give younger drivers a chance to sample Supercars machinery during a race weekend.

As mentioned in the new book, Erebus Motorsport: From Challengers to Champions, now for sale in the V8 Sleuth Superstore, the team turned Feeney loose in De Pasquale’s #99 Holden at the Winton round in 2019 and put its Academy star Jordan Boys in David Reynolds’ #9 car.

“They’ve been picked due to their commitment to the sport and their potential,” Barry Ryan said at the time.

“Paul Morris recommended Broc, the same as he did with Anton almost two years ago.”

Feeney drove a handful of laps in the #99 car at a pre-event Winton test and only got five laps in the half-hour ADP session before rain set in – but his time was still good enough for sixth in the session.

Feeney hopped in the #99 car fresh from the opening Super3 race. Pic: an1images.com / Ross Gibb

Dick Johnson Racing

Yes, Feeney has also turned laps for Triple Eight’s other long-time rival, Dick Johnson Racing.

He joined the team briefly in 2019, at the height of its DJR Team Penske era, for its pre-Bathurst 1000 test day at Queensland Raceway.

However, he didn’t drive the either of the team’s flagship #17 and #12 ‘main game’ entries.

Instead he shared a third DJRTP Ford Mustang with Steven Johnson, one that was fitted with a 2020-spec engine for evaluation purposes and also featured drive-by-wire throttle.

The drive was as much a reward for his Super3 Series win – he’d clinched it the previous weekend – as it was beneficial for the team’s engine development, given Feeney’s use of a Mostech engine in his title-winning PMM Falcon.

Tickford Racing

It was Tickford Racing that gave Feeney his ‘main game’ race debut in 2020, although that wasn’t the original plan.

The Melbourne squad signed him for a Super2 campaign that season but all of its Enduro Cup seats, across its three Tickford-owned entries and the fourth 23Red Racing-owned car, were filled.

However, the demise of 23Red in the early stages of the pandemic culminated in James Courtney taking over the team’s fourth car with Boost Mobile backing.

Come July, Feeney was announced as Courtney’s co-driver for the Bathurst 1000.

The race itself, pushed back a fortnight due to the pandemic, also fell on his 18th birthday, with Feeney receiving the present of a top-10 finish on debut at the ‘Great Race’.

It proved his last race for Tickford; within weeks, Feeney was announced as being on the move to Triple Eight for the 2021 Super2 season, and he has remained with the team ever since.

Feeney’s first laps in a Tickford Mustang came during the Rookie Drivers practice session at The Bend in 2020. Pic: an1images.com / Dirk Klynsmith
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