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FEENEY AND BROWN ON TOP AS TWO FORDS FALTER

What seemed to be a race of redemption for Ford, ended in yet another 1-2 in season 2024 for Red Bull Ampol Racing’s Broc Feeney and Will Brown.

Matt Payne had started the race from pole position in the Penrite Racing Mustang, with fellow Ford driver Cameron Waters alongside in the Monster Energy Mustang. It had been a 1-2-3 for the blue oval in qualifying with Chaz Mostert on row two, ahead of Broc Feeney in the Red Bull Ampol Racing Camaro. Jack Le Brocq had qualified fifth for Erebus Motorsport with Will Brown in sixth.

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Waters challenged Payne on the run towards Turn 1 and emerged from the corner in first place from Payne, Feeney and Brown. Mostert and Reynolds disputed positions with the Tradie Mustang driver forced onto the kerbs at the exit of Turn 1.

Payne looked to regain the race lead throughout the opening lap and a half before finally making a move at Turn 11. Waters responded almost immediately at Turns 12 which led to contact between the pair. A second touch at Turn 13 proved to be disastrous for both drivers and any hope of a Ford victory.

Waters had looked to sweep inside Payne at the final corner only to see the Penrite Racing Mustang cover the move. The ensuing touch sent Waters into the wall, with his left front wheel lodged under the front wheel arch. Payne had a tyre deflate which also spun him into the wall. just metres from the Monster Energy Mustang. Waters jumped from his damaged car, opened the door of the Penrite Racing Mustang and vent his feelings. He then shut the door and made a beeline for his garage.

Payne was left somewhat bewildered by it all and later explained his version of events to Supercars Media.

“Obviously didn’t quite get the start I said I was gonna get,” said Payne.

“Just trying to race pretty fairly, I thought, didn’t really think there was any need to hit me off in the second to last corner, to be honest with you.

A lengthy Safety Car period followed as tilt trays extracted the broken cars and transported them back to the paddock.

At the resumption is was the all-too familiar sight of Feeney and Brown at the head of the field. Mostert tried to stay with them but could offer little in the way of a purposeful challenge. The trio remained in that order through to the chequered flag after ten laps.

Reynolds finished fourth from the Erebus Motorsport duo of Jack LeBrocq and Todd Hazelwood. Stanaway, Slade, Percat and Wood completed the Top 10.

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“I was pretty fired up last night and pretty disappointed with myself after yesterday’s race after making an error like that,” Feeney said to Red Bull Ampol Racing media.

“Literally, my foot missed the brake pedal and I felt like I threw away another team one-two, but to get another one today is pretty crazy. We knew we had fast race cars; it was all about getting a clean start and moving through the pack which we both did. I’m absolutely pumped for the team and stoked to be back on the podium, and we’ll give it another crack tomorrow.”


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