21/04/2024

Feeney won his third race of the year on Saturday in Melbourne. Image: Xavier Rodrigues

Broc Feeney inherited a second win at Albert Park, after Cam Waters and Matt Payne took each other out of a battle for the lead.

Payne and Waters started on the front row, with the latter taking advantage of the inside line into the first corner to take the lead.

Payne got back past Waters for the lead at turn 11 on lap two, and when Waters tried to repass at turn 13, he tapped the Penrite Mustang under braking. As they exited the corner, Payne moved to the left, bumping Waters into the outside wall.

Waters walked over to Payne’s car and had words with the Kiwi, before slamming the door.

“Cam gave Matt a little rub and Matt went wide and I’d snuck up next to Cam and, next minute, they’ve tangled and off in the fence,” Feeney said of the crash.

“It was pretty hard racing for pretty early on in the race and they’re both having a crack out there. I’ve been in Matt’s situation, you lose the lead and you want to get it back pretty quick”

The stewards determined that because “each driver contributed to the incident” but neither finished, no penalties were warranted.

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The lengthy safety car period ensured a time-certain finish for the second straight race with only 10 of the scheduled 14 laps completed.

It was redemption for Feeney after a late-race error on Friday prevented another second place finish.

“I was pretty fired up last night.” he said.

“I was pretty disappointed with myself that I could make an error like that. My foot fell off the brake pedal.

“I’ve made a couple of little mistakes early in the season which I’ve gotta work on. Got pace, but just have to neaten up a couple of little things.”

Will Brown brought home another Red Bull one-two after staving off Chaz Mostert on the second last lap. Mostert’s terrible start put him in the position where he had to repass the #87 Camaro if he wanted to split the Bulls.

Brown again credited the format but said that the shortened race distance could’ve been avoided if pre-race procedures were shorter.

“I don’t know why we sat on the grid for 30 minutes if we can go racing,” he said. “I think we should’ve just done a 5 minute start and had 19 laps.” 

Brown continues to lead the championship, with Feeney closing the gap to just 12 points. Mostert is now 83 points behind in third and will start from pole position for Sunday’s race.

Meanwhile, only three points separate Brown and Feeney in the race for the Larry Perkins Trophy, awarded for the driver with the most points across the Grand Prix weekend.

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