Date: Apr 12, 2019
Title: FEENEY FASTEST AS SUPER 3 SERIES LAUNCHES
THE YOUNGEST driver in the Kumho Tyre Super 3 field, Broc Feeney has gone fastest in practice for the opening round at Phillip Island today.
Driving a Paul Morris Motorsport-prepared Ford Falcon FG, Feeney at 16 years of age, is one of many teenagers in the 23-car field.
After a power steering failure in the first session, he posted his best lap of 1 minute 33.0973 seconds which is two-tenths of a second under the category record, right at the end of session two.
"I am stoked!" Feeney exclaimed.
"I thought I might get into the top six, but it was pretty hard to gauge what times we would be doing and where the competition was at.
"We were on a green tyre set in doing that time and there are still things to fix up before qualifying tomorrow. There is definitely more in it," he forecasted.
That effort relegated Hamish Ribarits in the best of the three Matt White Motorsport-engineered FGs to second place. Then, as the chequered flag came out to end the session, Josh Fife elevated his Brad Jones Racing Holden Commodore VE to third spot after missing the first session with a flywheel drama.
The second session was interrupted when a grass fire ignited at the Southern Loop after Emily Duggan spun her Commodore onto the corner verge.
Falcons filled the next five positions with Jayden Ojeda (Anderson Motorsport) fourth ahead of Nic Carroll (MWM), Matt McLean (Image Racing), Zak Best (MWM) and American Matt Powers who won the Aussie Driver Search competition.
New Zealander Madelin Stewart climbed to ninth as the second session culminated, in the BJR Commodore that Jack Smith won the series in two years ago, pushing Jon McCorkindale (FG) to tenth. The latter had one scary moment when he missed a gear at the Hayshed and salvaged what could have been a disastrous incident.
After eleventh placed, former Aussie Racing Car front runner Kyle Ensbey (Commodore), was the fastest the Kumho Cup class competitors, Brad Neill in the Matt Stone Racing-prepped FG.
"We only managed a couple of laps at the end of the test day on Wednesday and the track was a lot different today,” he said.
"I really couldn’t get into a rhythm after the scrub fire, so it was a surprise that I came out as the fastest of the Kumho runners."
Second of the Kumho class was Mark Tracey (Image Racing FG) just in front of 2018 class winner Jim Pollicina (VE). Category debutant Jason Gomersall (Matt Stone Racing FG) was fourth and sixteenth overall behind championship class’ Garry Hills (VE).
Next best was Steven Page (VE) from Tony Auddino (Falcon BF), category stalwart and inaugural series winner Chris Smerdon (FG), Shane Hunt (BF), Duggan, Jason Foley (BF) and Francois Habib (Commodore VZ) who had to replace the clutch between sessions.