Teen scores Courtney co-drive

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 16/07/2020
  • By Connor O'Brien

Tickford Racing teen Broc Feeney will make his Virgin Australia Supercars Championship debut in just a matter of months as 2010 champion James Courtney’s co-driver.

WATCH: COURTNEY AND FEENEY'S REACTION TO CO-DRIVER APPOINTMENT

Feeney will still be just 17 years of age when he tackles the Mountain in a Supercar for the first time across October 8-11 as he continues his sharp rise in the sport.

The Gold Coaster last year won the Super3 Series at his first attempt before graduating to the 2020 Dunlop Super2 Series for which he was snapped up by Tickford.

He also tasted success on his first steer of Mount Panorama this year, taking a comfortable class win at the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour alongside Nick Percat and Aaron Cameron.

To partner Courtney at Boost Mobile Racing – the telecommunications company have individually supported both drivers for some time now – will be his biggest opportunity yet.

“I’m completely thrilled to be co-driving for Boost Mobile Racing this year,” Feeney said.

“It’s amazing to have the chance to compete in the Bathurst 1000.

“Like most kids, growing up I would sit down on the couch to watch the race and always dreamed of being in it, so to have this opportunity is unbelievable, and to do it in such a competitive car and with a driver as successful as JC is incredible.

“I’m still pinching myself and I absolutely cannot wait to get to the Mountain in October.”

Feeney will have the benefit of getting extra mileage at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 courtesy of Super2’s part in the weekend.

“I’ll have a lot to learn for sure, but JC is a great driver to learn from, and we should have a very good car underneath us which I’m really excited about,” he added.

“Over the past few months I’ve really stepped up my training and fitness, and I’ve been turning heaps of laps at Norwell (Motorplex) to keep sharp in the car.

“I’m working hard to be as physically and mentally prepared as possible, and hopefully come October we can go chase a trophy in the Boost Mobile Mustang.”

Four co-drivers had previously been announced at Tickford, with Jack Perkins attached to the now departed 23Red Racing entry.

Perkins was considered a chance to stay on, given his close relationship with Courtney –regardless, the latter was excited to welcome Feeney aboard.

“Broc has had an incredible rise through the ranks of Australian motorsport, so to team up with him at Boost Mobile Racing for Bathurst is pretty exciting for both of us,” Courtney said.

“He’s only been racing cars for a few years but he’s won in just about everything he’s ever driven, which speaks to his talent, determination, and ability to adapt, all of which are really important in getting the most out of a Supercar.

“We have a fast Boost Mobile Ford Mustang, and it’s really encouraging to see Broc putting in the hard yards to be at his best when he joins up with us in October.”  

Tickford CEO Tim Edwards is sure Feeney will up for the task, having been impressed by his hard work behind the scenes – a feeling shared by Boost Mobile founder Peter Adderton.

“Broc’s ability behind the wheel goes without question, but his work ethic on and off the track has really impressed us this year,” Edwards said.

“We signed him to our Super2 program just seven months ago, but the progression he’s made in that timeframe is remarkable.

“There is plenty of room for him to grow and develop, and we are delighted to help him prepare for his first crack at the main game.”

Both Courtney and Feeney will be in action in their respective full-time categories this weekend at the Truck Assist Sydney SuperSprint.

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