Feeney plays down championship chances

19 Oct
Triple Eight driver dropped to 408 points off the pace in Bathurst thanks to gear issue
  • Broc Feeney believes chances of 2023 title after 'far-fetched'

  • Feeney dropped 204 points in one race after Bathurst failure

  • Triple Eight driver was just 26 points from series lead after Townsville

Broc Feeney has played down his chances of winning the 2023 championship, saying his odds are "far-fetched" following a costly Bathurst.

Feeney entered the Great Race weekend 204 points behind Brodie Kostecki, and 49 behind Red Bull Ampol Racing teammate Shane van Gisbergen.

The now 21-year-old looked odds-on to shave the deficit to Kostecki at least as he ran second behind van Gisbergen in the dying stages of the race.

However, a gear tower failure ruined his and Jamie Whincup’ day, and consigned the #88 Red Bull Ampol Chevrolet to 23rd.

Late heartbreak for Feeney/Whincup

With van Gisbergen and Kostecki first and second in the 300-point race, Feeney dropped to 408 points down with 600 remaining at the Gold Coast and Adelaide rounds.

It was a hammer blow to Feeney, who was 234 points down after Perth, and whittled down the deficit to the leader to just 26 points after Townsville.

“There’s a chance, there’s no doubt about that, but it’s probably a bit far-fetched,” he said.

“We’ll just go out and keep doing what we’re doing, and try and win races. That puts you in the best spot and gets you the most points.

“Obviously teams’ championship is a big part of what we go racing for, and we’re just behind in that at the moment.

“There’s a bit push from myself and Shane to clinch that, and the drivers’ championship.”

Gold Coast revs up as Supercars take to iconic Sundale Bridge

Feeney was one of four drivers to help continue the countdown to the Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500 with drive-bys over the Sundale Bridge on Thursday.

While the drivers’ title may be out of reach, Feeney is determined to help Triple Eight overhaul Erebus Motorsport in the teams’ championship.

“It was cool in my rookie season to help get the teams’ championship,” he said.

“The biggest goal is to try and back it up. It's been big competition [with Erebus] this year, but we’re behind, and we’ve been behind all year."

Track action at the Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500 gets underway on Friday October 27.

Related News