Broc Feeney retains Super3 Series lead after Championship twists and turns at The Bend
Broc Feeney has walked away with an 11 point lead in the Kumho Tyre Super3 Supercars Series after an astonishing weekend of racing at South Australia’s The Bend Motorsport Park.
In the process of finishing second overall from the round, Feeney lowered the lap record for Super3 in the Exit Timeshare Now machine on multiple occasions.
After the Gold Coast-based 16-year-old qualified second, the weekend started with one of the best Supercar races you’d likely see. Feeney was battling with Championship rival, Jayden Ojeda and Hamish Ribarits, the trio swapping the lead at will throughout the course of the race – all three spending time at the front.
Ultimately, it fell the way of Ojeda with Feeney having to be content with third.
Race two was the finest of Feeney’s car racing career. Lighting the Kumho Tyre rears off the line, Feeney dropped back to third and took several laps to get the Paul Morris Motorsports prepared car past Ribarits.
By this stage, Ojeda had skipped to a 3.5 second lead.
Feeney put his head down in the bitterly cold conditions and reeled off multiple lap record pace laps to close the gap to within a second heading into the final lap.
Pushing with all his skill and to the extremity of the Kumho Tyres, Feeney was on the bumper of Ojeda heading into the final corner, however wasn’t able to sneak by – crossing the line just 0.1s behind his key rival.
The Saturday results saw Ojeda edge to the Series lead by a solitary point.
Boost Mobile-backed Feeney started Sunday’s Feature Race from third position. Getting a reasonable start, he edged into second on the exit of turn one and caught up to race leader Ojeda.
With a gap presenting, Feeney took the opportunity to get up the inside of Ojeda, which was quickly shut down by his fellow youngster on the outside. Feeney got the better of the situation and got the position, however the cost of momentum dropped him a spot.
From there, Feeney pushed ahead in changeable conditions, with light rain keeping the drivers and teams on their toes.
The youngster set another lap record as he closed in on the rear of Ribarits – who had a startline penalty to be applied post race. Feeney pressured Ribarits and got through to second on the road.
Despite a small mistake at the greasy first turn entering the final lap, Feeney brought the Exit Timeshare Now car home in second for the race and secured second for the round.
He heads to the final round of the Series on September 20-22 at Sandown as part of the Shannons Nationals with a slender 11 point advantage.
QUOTEBOARD – BROC FEENEY:
“It has been a pretty good weekend overall I’d have to say, we weren’t off the podium at all over the weekend, which really leaves us in good stead heading to Sandown.
“The racing this weekend was so much fun, everyone really stepped it up with just two rounds left to go – you really felt the intensity lift pretty much from first practice!
“Next on the agenda is Sandown, where like here at The Bend, we won a race in the Toyotas last year.
“It has been a good track for the Paul Morris Motorsports team in the past – with Anton (dePasquale) having set pole position in this car there previously.
“We enter with the Championship lead so it is a good position to be in at a track where we can hopefully push forward and get it closed out.
“I can’t thank the team enough for their efforts throughout the course of the weekend and especially the crew from Exit Timeshare Now, Boost Mobile, Labrys, Firestar Developments, Ozland Security, Ramsay Healthcare, AllRentals.com.au, Create & Supply Apparel and the Norwell Motorplex.
“It’s going to be a hectic few weeks getting myself in shape for Sandown but we’re focused, ready to go already and the eyes are on the prize.”
2019 Kumho Tyre Super3 Supercars Series:
Round 1: Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, April 12-14 (Supercars)
Round 2: Winton Motor Raceway, May 24-26 (Supercars)
Round 3: Queensland Raceway, July 26-28 (Supercars)
Round 4: The Bend Motorsport Park, August 23-25 (Supercars)
Round 5: Sandown Raceway, September 20-22 (Shannons Nationals)
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