Feeney breaks through with Holden’s final ATCC race win

Broc Feeney

Broc Feeney

Broc Feeney has scored his first race win in the Supercars Championship and Holden’s very last after beating Chaz Mostert to the chequered flag at the Valo Adelaide 500.

Feeney assumed the lead on Lap 24 of Race 34 when Will Davison bowled a wide and the Red Bull Ampol Racing driver was not headed, at least in effective terms, for the remaining 54 laps.

Mostert kept the rookie honest, however, in a battle which would decide whether Triple Eight Race Engineering would stand alone as Holden’s most prolific championship race winner or whether Walkinshaw Andretti United could tie it up.

The Race 33 winner chipped Feeney’s lead back to three quarters of a second with less than three laps to go but could not get any closer to the #88 ZB Commodore.

Feeney’s victory is Triple Eight’s 190th for Holden, which now bows out of the Australian Touring Car Championship after more than six decades of history.

Mostert officially finished 0.9643s behind in the #25 Mobil 1 Optus ZB Commodore, with Anton De Pasquale a distant third in the #11 Shell V-Power Mustang.

Shane van Gisbergen got back to fifth in the other Triple Eight/Red Bull Ampol entry after having to stack under Safety Car and then serve a drive-through penalty for a restart breach.

However, he is now officially the drivers’ champion for the second time in a row and third in total.

The two Dick Johnson Racing Fords started Holden’s final race on the front row and pole-sitter De Pasquale led the field down to Wakefield Street after Davison had to get back into file for Senna Chicane.

Van Gisbergen (#1 ZB Commodore) bested Feeney from the second row, and the latter came under early pressure from Mostert.

Mostert ceded fifth position to Cameron Waters (#6 Monster Energy Mustang) when he ran wide at Turn 9 on Lap 2, as van Gisbergen continued to tail Davison’s #17 Mustang.

The front-runners had started to string out by the time Feeney pitted from fourth on Lap 11, at about 3.7s from the lead.

Davison was in two laps later from 1.0s behind De Pasquale and rejoined just ahead of #88.

Meanwhile, van Gisbergen had upped his pace and was 1.2s behind De Pasquale when a Safety Car was called on Lap 18 after Jake Kostecki (#56 Tradie Mustang) crunched the wall at Turn 8.

Everyone who had not pitted took the opportunity to do so, with Davison assuming the lead, from Feeney, De Pasquale, an early-stopping David Reynolds (#26 Penrite Mustang), van Gisbergen, Brodie Kostecki (#99 Boost Mobile ZB Commodore), Waters, and Mostert in eighth.

De Pasquale and van Gisbergen had reportedly taken on about 20 litres more fuel than their team-mates, explaining the position shuffle.

Upon the Lap 22 restart, Feeney attacked Davison, who slid it off Turn 4 and bottled the pack up.

Van Gisbergen got caught wide through the Terraces and ceded a number of positions, although he got one back when Brodie Kostecki then bumped the wall at Turn 8.

The net result was that Waters had risen to fifth, from Mostert, Will Brown (#9 Boost Mobile ZB Commodore), van Gisbergen, and Kostecki, who pressed on.

Van Gisbergen re-passed Brown on Lap 23 at Turn 9 and there was a change for the lead when Davison ran wide at the same spot a lap later, letting Feeney through.

Van Gisbergen overtook Mostert up Bartels Road on Lap 30 and was fourth once he outbraked Waters at Turn 9 on Lap 31 and then Reynolds exactly two laps later.

Waters forced his way past Car #26 there, on Lap 34, and Mostert followed him through on exit, as Feeney stretched his lead over Davison beyond three seconds.

Matters got worse for DJR in a matter of moments when Davison ran off and headbutted the Turn 11 tyre wall on Lap 40, then De Pasquale ran wide at Turn 14 on Lap 41 to hand second place to van Gisbergen.

Davison pitted immediately and the damage to DJR was reduced somewhat when Bryce Fullwood (#14 Middy’s ZB Commodore) hit the wall at Turn 8, causing a Safety Car under which De Pasquale would otherwise have had to stack.

Van Gisbergen, however, did have to stack behind Feeney, delaying De Pasquale’s exit from the box behind and allowing Mostert to jump Car #11.

Car #1 was investigated over its pit stop but cleared, although the damage from the stack had been done.

Feeney led from Mostert, De Pasquale, Waters, Andre Heimgartner (#8 R&J Batteries ZB Commodore), Brown, Reynolds, and Davison in eighth, four positions up on ‘SVG’.

Van Gisbergen picked off Holdsworth at the Lap 49 restart as Thomas Randle (#55 Castrol Mustang) spun when the pack compressed at the final corner, before he even got back to the control line.

Van Gisbergen jumped to seventh on Lap 50 when Davison, apparently trying to cover Brodie Kostecki, outbraked himself at Turn 9 and clattered into Reynolds, which held up James Courtney (#5 Snowy River Caravans Mustang) and Kostecki.

Davison was soon handed a 15-second penalty as van Gisbergen got by Brown and Heimgartner in a matter of laps to be fifth and catching Waters, who was still tailing De Pasquale.

Waters’ attack on De Pasquale cost him when he got caught wide of the line at Turn 5 on Lap 58, ended up wider still and letting #1 through.

Van Gisbergen was third when he lunged past De Pasquale on Lap 62 at Turn 9, but then the Holdsworth restart pass would come back to haunt him.

Stewards deemed it a breach, presumably because he overlapped within the apex phase of the corner rather than ‘after’ (per Rule D10.2.12.2), and he served a drive-through penalty on Lap 64.

Car #1 dropped to 13th again while, up the front, the gap between Feeney and Mostert had been ebbing and flowing around one second for a dozen laps or so.

As van Gisbergen sought to recover yet again, the race otherwise developed into something of a rhythm.

Mostert started to close in on Feeney again, getting the margin down to 0.8s with three laps to go, but the gap was back out to 1.1249s with one lap remaining in the season.

Feeney secured victory in the last race of his rookie season, from Mostert, De Pasquale, Waters, Heimgartner, and Brown.

Van Gisbergen gradually made his way back up to seventh, from Kostecki, Holdsworth, and James Golding (#31 Subway ZB Commodore) in 10th, with Davison classified last of those still on the lead lap, back in 19th, once the penalty was applied.

The 2023 pre-season starts with the Gen3 shakedown for northern teams at Queensland Raceway on January 30.

Results: Race 34, Valo Adelaide 500

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Laps Race time
1 88 Red Bull Ampol Racing Broc Feeney Holden Commodore ZB 78 1:54:21.5943
2 25 Mobil 1 Optus Racing Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 78 1:54:22.5586
3 11 Shell V-Power Racing Team Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 78 1:54:31.0520
4 6 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 78 1:54:34.9707
5 8 R&J Batteries Racing Andre Heimgartner Holden Commodore ZB 78 1:54:35.5217
6 9 Boost Mobile Racing by Erebus William Brown Holden Commodore ZB 78 1:54:40.8453
7 1 Red Bull Ampol Racing Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 78 1:54:47.8099
8 99 Boost Mobile Racing by Erebus Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 78 1:54:48.6196
9 10 Penrite Racing Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 78 1:54:49.8353
10 31 Subway PremiAir Racing James Golding Holden Commodore ZB 78 1:54:50.0388
11 18 IRWIN Racing Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 78 1:54:52.0392
12 2 Mobil 1 NTI Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 78 1:54:56.5084
13 3 CoolDrive Auto Parts Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT 78 1:54:56.9271
14 20 Toyota Forklifts Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 78 1:54:57.8546
15 26 Penrite Racing David Reynolds Ford Mustang GT 78 1:54:58.3937
16 22 PremiAir Coca Cola Racing Chris Pither Holden Commodore ZB 78 1:55:12.0926
17  5 Snowy River Racing James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 78 1:55:14.8293
18 55 Castrol Racing Thomas Randle Ford Mustang GT 78 1:55:16.4102
19 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 78 1:55:27.3821
20 4 SCT Racing Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 77 1:55:43.8637
21 35 Truck Assist Racing Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 71 1:55:26.0445
22 96 TRG Transport Racing Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 67 1:54:44.9770
NC 14 Middy’s Electrical Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 41 59:55.6295
NC 34 Truck Assist Racing Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 37 1:25:07.7442
NC 56 Tradie Racing Jake Kostecki Ford Mustang GT 16 22:41.9125

Drivers’ championship

Pos Driver Pts
1 Shane van Gisbergen 3523
2 Cameron Waters 2908
3 Chaz Mostert 2835
4 Anton De Pasquale 2599
5 Will Davison 2573
6 Broc Feeney 2377
7 Brodie Kostecki 2142
8 David Reynolds 2132
9 Mark Winterbottom 1909
10 Andre Heimgartner 1877
11 Tim Slade 1855
12 James Courtney 1748
13 Lee Holdsworth 1734
14 William Brown 1714
15 Nick Percat 1643
16 Scott Pye 1512
17 Bryce Fullwood 1383
18 Todd Hazelwood 1345
19 Macauley Jones 1282
20 Chris Pither 1257
21 Jack Le Brocq 1237
22 Jake Kostecki 1192
23 Thomas Randle 1156
24 Jack Smith 1054
25 James Golding 708
26 Garry Jacobson 513
27 Garth Tander 300
28 Jordan Boys 300
29 Fabian Coulthard 276
30 James Moffat 258
31 David Russell 240
32 Jayden Ojeda 240
33 Jamie Whincup 222
34 Matthew Payne 204
35 Tony D’Alberto 192
36 Declan Fraser 180
37 Craig Lowndes 180
38 Dean Fiore 168
39 Zak Best 162
40 Jack Perkins 156
41 Greg Murphy 144
42 Richie Stanaway 144
43 Dylan O’Keeffe 138
44 Aaron Seton 126
45 Michael Caruso 120
46 Tyler Everingham 114
47 Kurt Kostecki 108
48 Matthew Chahda 102
49 Jaylyn Robotham 102
50 Tim Blanchard 96
51 Cameron Hill 84
52 Warren Luff 78
53 Alex Davison 0
54 Jaxon Evans 0
55 Zane Goddard 0
56 Dale Wood 0
57 Matt Campbell 0

Teams’ championship

Pos Car(s) Team Pts
1 1 88 (97) Triple Eight Race Engineering 5900
2 11 17 (100) Dick Johnson Racing 5172
3 5 6 (50) (500) Tickford Racing 4656
4 2 25 Walkinshaw Andretti United 4448
5 10 26 (500) Grove Racing 3866
6 9 99 Erebus Motorsport 3856
7 18 20 Team 18 3401
8 8 14 Brad Jones Racing 3260
9 34 35 Matt Stone Racing 2532
10 22 31 (76) PremiAir Racing 2418
11 4 96 Brad Jones Racing 2336
12 55 56 Tickford Racing 2318
13 3 Blanchard Racing Team 1855
14 888 Triple Eight Race Engineering 180
15 49 Image Racing 168
16 78 Tickford Racing 162
17 27 Walkinshaw Andretti United 150
18 51 Erebus Motorsport 144
19 118 Matt Chahda Motorsport 102

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