TICKFORD RACING – FEENEY TO CO-DRIVE BOOST MOBILE MUSTANG
16 July, 2020
Teenaged Dunlop Super2 Series driver Broc Feeney will make his main game debut in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship later this year, when the 17-year old partners James Courtney as co-driver in the No. 44 Boost Mobile Ford Mustang. Feeney, the reigning Super3 champion, made his Super2 debut in Adelaide earlier this year, and with today’s announcement continues his rapid ascension of the Australian motorsport ladder.
“I’m completely thrilled to be co-driving for Boost Mobile Racing this year,” Feeney said, “it’s amazing to have the chance to compete in the Bathurst 1000. Like most kids, growing up I would sit down on the couch to watch the race and always dreamed of being in it, so to have this opportunity is unbelievable. And to do it in such a competitive car and with a driver as successful as JC is incredible. I’ve been involved with Boost Mobile since last year in Super3, and it’s been great to be involved with such a high level brand with high profile athletes around the world. To now be able to race the Boost Mobile Mustang in one of the biggest races in the world is surreal. I’m still pinching myself and I absolutely cannot wait to get to the Mountain in October.”
Feeney will have no shortage of seat time at Bathurst, as he will continue with his Super2 Series commitments at the event alongside his co-driving role. Coincidentally, Feeney has already competed – and won – at Mount Panorama this year, claiming victory in the Invitational class at the Bathurst 12 Hour, driving a Ford Mustang MARC in early February.
While acknowledging the learning curve ahead of him, Feeney is confident in his ability to adapt to the No. 44 Mustang and learn from Courtney, the 2010 Supercars champion, as he continues his career progression.
“Certainly it’s not going to be easy,” Feeney added, “if it was everyone would do it. I was fortunate to do the 12 Hour earlier this year and get my first miles in at Bathurst, and I’ll be racing in Super2 the weekend of the 1000 so I’ll have plenty of seat time to try and find the most out of myself and the car. I’ll have a lot to learn for sure, but JC is a great driver to learn from, and we should have a very good car underneath us which I’m really excited about. Over the past few months I’ve really stepped up my training and fitness, and I’ve been turning heaps of laps at Norwell (Motorplex) to keep sharp in the car. I’m working hard to be as physically and mentally prepared as possible, and hopefully come October we can go chase a trophy in the Boost Mobile Mustang.”
Courtney also noted his enthusiasm for Feeney’s added role, and looks forward to bringing the 17-year old up to speed.
“Broc has had an incredible rise through the ranks of Australian motorsport, so to team up with him at Boost Mobile Racing for Bathurst is pretty exciting for both of us,” Courtney said. “He’s only been racing cars for a few years but he’s won in just about everything he’s ever driven, which speaks to his talent, determination, and ability to adapt, all of which are really important in getting the most out of a Supercar. We have a fast Boost Mobile Ford Mustang, and it’s really encouraging to see Broc putting in the hard yards to be at his best when he joins up with us in October.”
Having supported Feeney since his championship Super3 run in 2019, Boost Mobile founder and CEO Peter Adderton is thrilled to add the teenager to the Boost Mobile Racing roster.
“Boost Mobile has a history of supporting young athletes, and it is important for us to show our young Boost athletes that when they work hard that they will be rewarded. In Broc’s case, he has worked incredibly hard this year, so we are happy to have him make his main game debut with Boost Mobile Racing co-driving with James. Broc demonstrates everything a sponsor is looking for in a young athlete: a strong work ethic, passion, and drive. We are excited to watch Broc’s career grow and can’t wait to see he and James take on the Bathurst 1000 in the Boost Mobile Ford Mustang.”
With the 2020 Supercars season affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the only confirmed endurance race on the calendar is the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, which takes place October 8-11. Turning 18 a week after the Great Race, Feeney is set to join a shortlist of drivers who make their debut ‘1000’ debut before their 18th birthday, among them Tickford Racing team mate Cameron Waters, who made his Bathurst debut at 17 in 2011. Noting the commitment Feeney has shown across an interrupted 2020 season, Tickford Racing CEO and Team Principal Tim Edwards is confident the teenager will be up for the challenge when the category’s premier event arrives in October.
“Broc’s ability behind the wheel goes without question, but his work ethic on and off the track has really impressed us this year,” Edwards said. “When the season was put on hold due to the pandemic he kept focussing on improving himself, even at times when he didn’t know when the next race would be. We signed him to our Super2 program just seven months ago, but the progression he’s made in that timeframe is remarkable. There is plenty of room for him to grow and develop, and we are delighted to help him prepare for his first crack at the main game.
The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship returns to action this weekend at the Truck Assist Sydney SuperSprint, a single driver round at Sydney Motorsport Park.