Teen Feeney to unseat McLaughlin in youngest-ever stakes

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 07/01/2022
  • By James Pavey

The 2022 Repco Supercars Championship will provide Broc Feeney with some shots at history.

The 2021 Dunlop Super2 Series champion will join Shane van Gisbergen at Red Bull Ampol Racing this season.

The teenager has replaced the retired Jamie Whincup, who will take up leadership roles at Triple Eight from 2022.

Feeney, who turned 19 last October, is still nine months away from his 20th birthday.

He will complete 11 rounds in 2022 as a teenager, and has already made history in Super2 land, becoming the youngest driver to win the title.

Feeney took the record from Scott McLaughlin, whose youngest-ever Supercars race winner record is now under threat.

Feeney celebrates his Super2 title in Bathurst

McLaughlin was still 19 when he won at Pukekohe in March 2013. At the time, Feeney was still 10 years old.

Feeney will need to win a race before August 21, 2022 to take that record from McLaughlin.

He can also break Craig Lowndes’ youngest-ever champion record if he wins the title in 2022 and/or 2023.

V8 Sleuth reported upon Feeney’s signing that he will become the fifth-youngest full-timer of drivers who have contested at least 75 per cent of the rounds in a season.

Alex Rullo was aged 16 years, eight months, 17 days when he debuted for Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport in 2017.

Rullo’s record will remain untouched, with Paul Weel, van Gisbergen and Rick Kelly all younger than Feeney will be when he starts Race 1 in Newcastle on March 5.

McLaughlin was still 19 when he won at Pukekohe in 2013

Feeney will, however, moved above McLaughlin, who was 127 days older than Feeney when he made his first full-time start in 2013.

Weel, van Gisbergen, Kelly and McLaughlin all made starts prior to their full-time debuts, van Gisbergen at Oran Park just after his 17th birthday in 2007.

McLaughlin also famously substituted for an ill Alex Premat at Sydney Olympic Park in 2012, just hours after he clinched the Super2 title.

The 13-event 2022 Repco Supercars Championship will commence in Newcastle in March. Tickets for the event are on sale now.

The 13-round draft calendar was released during the Repco Bathurst 1000 weekend.

Youngest full-time ATCC/Supercars drivers*

1) Alex Rullo, Adelaide 2017 (16 years, 262 days)
2) Paul Weel, Sandown 1998 (18 years, 189 days)
3) Shane van Gisbergen, Adelaide 2008 (18 years, 290 days)
4) Rick Kelly, Adelaide 2002 (19 years, 58 days)
5) Broc Feeney, Newcastle 2022 (19 years, 138 days)**
6) Scott McLaughlin, Adelaide 2013 (19 years, 265 days)

*Drivers who completed 75 per cent of all rounds in a season
**2022 season yet to commence

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