June 7, 2023


Automotive and technology

FEENEY Confirmed AS WHINCUP Replacement

By Dan McCarthy

Right after six months of speculation, it has at last been verified that 18-12 months-previous Broc Feeney will swap Jamie Whincup in the #88 Triple Eight Race Engineering Supercar next yr.

It’s a major step up for the present Tremendous2 Series leader who will make his comprehensive-time debut in the leading-tier Supercars Championship for the entrance-managing Queensland operation.

Feeney at the moment competes for Triple Eight in the 2nd-tier Super2 Sequence following shifting from Tickford Racing at the conclude of past period.

It has been half a year given that Jamie Whincup introduced that he will step down from entire-time Supercars Championship race duties at the finish of the existing year, as he moves into the role of managing director, replacing staff founder and co-proprietor Roland Dane.

“It’s an incredible chance for me to be changing ‘The GOAT’, Jamie Whincup,” explained Feeney. “It’s so surreal for me at the second, but I feel it will start to kick in at the start of next 12 months.”

“To be aligned with this incredible team in my Super2 period and to be promoted into the most important collection is a dream occur real.

“To be trustworthy, I usually needed to get to Supercars, but to be guiding the wheel of a Crimson Bull Ampol Racing device is rather interesting.”

This yr Feeney has won 3 of the first 6 Tremendous2 Sequence races, ending off the podium just when and thinks his success acquired him the seat.

“The Super2 year has been a very essential year for me,” he stated. “I understood at the begin of the calendar year that there was an opportunity to replace Jamie, and it all depended on how my final results went this 12 months.

“To get 4 out of 6 wins this year and successful two out of 3 rounds has been a wonderful option for me, and this now feels like a major reward.

“When Roland (Dane, Triple Eight Taking care of Director) advised me the information I was in shock.

“He described every little thing to me and essentially requested how it sounded – I claimed it sounded bloody magnificent! I bought out of that conference and rang my parents straight away.

“It was these kinds of a massive relief as we have all place in so a great deal effort the previous couple decades, and it’s a day I’ll in no way neglect.

“It’s these a good area for me to be, contemplating I’m a rookie coming into the Supercars collection.

“To have the drivers that I’m surrounded by and the understanding they have is a wonderful option. For the limited eight months I have been with the staff, I’ve learnt so much and I are unable to wait around to understand far more in the upcoming couple of several years.

“My focus at the instant is profitable the Tremendous2 championship, and then we’ll established some ambitions for future 12 months.

“It is difficult to have anticipations at the second going into subsequent year, but I just want to have a regular year and understand as a lot as I can. All people states the rookie yr is the toughest, but I’m on the lookout forward to having a excellent and constant year.”

Even with only getting 18 many years outdated, Feeney has previously achieved a lot at a nationwide level in tin tops.

The Queenslander built his debut in the Supercars Championship last calendar year when he was the co-driver of Tickord driver James Courtney at the Bathurst 1000, in which the pair concluded 10th.

Feeney was the youngest ever winner of the third-tier Tremendous3 Collection at the age of just 16, he is also a Bathurst 12 Hour course winner and Toyota Gazoo Racing race victor.

Feeney will have big sneakers to fill getting more than from Whincup, a driver with more championships, race wins and podiums than any driver in Supercars/Australian Touring Vehicle Championship historical past.

Whincup described why they selected rookie Feeney about many set up names now in the Supercars Championship.

“It’s certainly large information for Triple Eight that we’ll be bringing on a new recruit which is surely enjoyable,” Whincup said.

“It’s a really feel-excellent factor as well for myself and the shareholders to give a young kid an chance in just one of the very best seats in the category and to go out there and demonstrate on their own.

“I’m fired up, and surely every person inside the crew is thrilled, and our supporter foundation ought to be excited as nicely. Of system, there’s 5 a lot more rounds for me to go, but I’m searching ahead to supplying Broc the keys.”

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