Categories: General Date: Sep 21, 2019 Title: DECIDER SET AS FEENEY LEADS INTO FINAL DAY
BROC FEENEY and Jayden Ojeda will battle for the 2019 Kumho Tyre Super3 Series title tomorrow, the pair split by 30 points heading into a title-deciding race to be held at Sandown on Sunday afternoon.
A dramatic, weather-affected pair of races at Sandown today saw a breakthrough victory for Brad Jones Racing’s Josh Fife in race two, while Hamish Ribarits won a torrentially wet race one to keep his faint title hopes alive.
Feeney record finishes of third and second, respectively, today to edge his margin over Ojeda heading into the finale’.
It means that should Ojeda win the Sunday race, Feeney can afford to finish as low as fifth to win the title.
With 60 points up for grabs to the winner, Ribarits remains in mathematical calculations 56 points behind Feeney.
“Yeah it was a great day for us. We got pole yesterday which helped us out a bit and it’s great to head into tomorrow with a 30-point lead in the championship,” Feeney said.
“The conditions were changing all the time. It’s easy to make mistakes in these cars and I was just happy to stay on the track. The crew kept in my ear and made sure I stayed nice and cool and we had a great result in the end.”
“I’m alright – I’m just going to do the same thing I’ve always been doing. We’ll try and get a good start. We’ve got the pace at the moment. I’ve got the car and the team behind me. I’ll just go out, have a clean race and hopefully bring it home.”
First-time winner Fife said the breakthrough victory represented a year of building towards today’s race.
“I’m over the moon, it’s probably the longest race I’ve ever had,” Fife said.
“It was quite tricky because it rained during the race and I didn’t know where the track limits were – I was so relieved when the flag came out.
“It was the goal this year just to have a race win. It’s good points for the round win so that will be the next goal tomorrow.”
Fife (75 points) leads Ribarits (71) and Feeney (69) in the round standings heading into Sunday’s longer finale’.
Both of Saturday’s races were typically dramatic Super3 affairs with lead changes in both.
Race one started under the Safety Car, polesitter Feeney leading the field to the green flag after one slow lap at the beginning.
He led the race until lap four, when Ribarits worked his way past en-route to an eventual victory.
Fife was the man on the move, working his way from fifth at the start to third by lap three. He then relegated Feeney to third place a lap later and set out in pursuit of Ribarits – getting to his rear bumper on what would turn out to be the final lap.
The race was called after seven laps with Ribarits beating Fife and Feeney.
Jayden Ojeda started fourth however early contact at Dandenong Road saw him off the circuit to drop to seventh position. In a shortened race, he was able to recover to fifth place, two spots behind Feeney.
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A dryer second race saw Fife erupt from second position on the grid to an early lead, while others battled for traction on a greasy circuit.
Zak Best jumped to second place while Ribarits slipped from pole to third.
While Fife was able to pull away for the lead, a four-car battle for the minors saw Ojeda jump from fourth to second on lap six, Feeney, Ribarits and Best in the thick of the action as well.
Things changed again when a light rain shower swept across Sandown in the closing stages, catching out several contenders – including leader Fife, who ran wide at turn one.
Ojdea also dropped down the field with Fife ultimately winning with Feeney and Ribarits completing the podium, Ojeda fourth.
Dean Lille won his second only Kumho Super3 Series race, Tony Auddino second and Jim Pollicina third.
The Kumho Cup battle will also be decided on Sunday.
The final race of the 2019 championship will be held at 3:05pm on Sunday afternoon, with coverage live via the Kumho Tyre Super3 Series website and social channels.