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Triple Eight's double whammy in Feeney heartbreak

Supercars
12 Oct
Erebus Motorsport extended its teams’ championship lead from 95 to 179 points
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  • Erebus now leads teams' championship by 179 points

  • Erebus and Triple Eight have won 20 of the season's 24 races

  • Erebus has led teams' championship since Newcastle

Broc Feeney's late race heartbreak in the Repco Bathurst 1000 has had a costly effect on Triple Eight's bid for a third consecutive teams' championship.

Feeney and Jamie Whincup were set for a Bathurst podium before a broken gear lever mount scuppered their charge.

Triple Eight still won the day, with Shane van Gisbergen/Richie Stanaway victorious ahead of Brodie Kostecki/David Russell.

Late heartbreak for Feeney/Whincup

Erebus Motorsport and Triple Eight have been first and second since the Beaurepaires Melbourne SuperSprint opener in March.

The two teams have dominated in 2023, winning 20 of the season's 24 races and holding the top four positions in the drivers' championship.

Feeney/Whincup scored just 72 points for their 23rd placing on Sunday, and with both Erebus Camaros finishing in the top eight, the margin between the top two teams blew out from 95 to 179 points.

"I'm gutted for Broc and the #88 team because they deserved more after the fantastic week they had," Whincup said.
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"But as a team we won the Bathurst 1000 so we should still hold our heads very, very high.

"To win this race is not about having the quickest car, its about all the one-percenters and all the attention to detail to make this a great team."

There are still a maximum of 1152 points to win from four races at the Gold Coast and Adelaide rounds, but further hiccups from the defending champions could deliver Erebus its first teams' championship.

The battle between Erebus and Triple Eight has ebbed and flowed dramatically this year, with the margin as little as 43 points after Brown was wiped out of the Tailem Bend opener.

Feeney was spun out of a top 10 position in the Bend finale, with Erebus' lead blowing back out to 137 points. Triple Eight pegged the margin back to 95 points at Sandown thanks to a one-three result, versus Erebus' two-four.

The 2023 season will resume at the Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500 on October 27-29.

Race

Leader

Second

Gap

Newcastle 1

Erebus

Tickford

9

Newcastle 2

Erebus

Penrite

78

Albert Park 3

Erebus

Triple Eight

142

Albert Park 4

Erebus

Triple Eight

135

Albert Park 5

Erebus

Triple Eight

155

Albert Park 6

Erebus

Triple Eight

104

Perth 7

Erebus

Triple Eight

79

Perth 8

Erebus

Triple Eight

153

Perth 9

Erebus

Triple Eight

180

Tasmania 10

Erebus

Triple Eight

184

Tasmania 11

Erebus

Triple Eight

262

Tasmania 12

Erebus

Triple Eight

276

Darwin 13

Erebus

Triple Eight

260

Darwin 14

Erebus

Triple Eight

222

Darwin 15

Erebus

Triple Eight

142

Townsville 16

Erebus

Triple Eight

82

Townsville 17

Erebus

Triple Eight

91

Sydney 18

Erebus

Triple Eight

197

Sydney 19

Erebus

Triple Eight

80

The Bend 20

Erebus

Triple Eight

43

The Bend 21

Erebus

Triple Eight

57

The Bend 22

Erebus

Triple Eight

137

Sandown 23

Erebus

Triple Eight

95

Bathurst 24

Erebus

Triple Eight

179

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