The Supercheap Auto Bathurst wildcard of Russell Ingall and Broc Feeney have spent today at Queensland Raceway for their second official test day ahead of the 2021 ‘Great Race’.
After holding the first test day three weeks ago, the #39 Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden ZB Commodore was back on track today with Ingall and Feeney continuing to test the vehicle and build their partnership as both the oldest and youngest drivers in this year’s Bathurst 1000 field.
The Supercheap Auto squad spent today refining both the inside and outside of the car to ensure that the third test day was used to its full potential.
Eighteen-year-old Feeney hit the track for the first time since being named as Triple Eight’s newest full-time main game driver for the 2022 Supercars season and had a new found confidence when out driving today.
Ingall, 57, was back on track for just the second time since 2016 and is also continuing to work on his fitness away from the track.
The Bathurst 1000 is currently scheduled for November 4-7 with Ingall and Feeney slated for one further test day before the event.
As part of this wildcard entry, this team will carry the hashtag #EnforcerAndTheKid
RUSSELL INGALL – DRIVER
“Today is a bonus, we picked the right state for a motorsport team to be based in. It’s definitely given us an edge. To be able to come out and test, is an absolute bonus. It’s started to put us back on a level-playing field. We’re looking and feeling a lot more comfortable now.
“There’s a lot to it (preparing for Bathurst). It’s not as simple as it was back a few years. Just to be able to come and cut laps, doing race runs is a massive bonus. We’re going to feel much more comfortable when we get up to the Mountain.
“Before this all started I think I would’ve said I was around 50 percent behind the field but at the moment I’d probably say I’m only 15 percent behind I reckon. By the time we get to our third test day I think I’ll claw a little bit more of that back.
“The more laps the better. Being up here and being able to do it is an absolute bonus. I’d be very surprised if our car isn’t in the top 10 of qualifying, I’d be really surprised. It may be a bit bold but from what I’ve seen from the kid, he’ll stick it in the 10.
“He’s (Feeney) been lightning and we’re not that far away from each other in race runs. I just need to be close to him in those times and that’s my role.”
BROC FEENEY – DRIVER
“We made a few ergonomic changes to our set-up (off the back of the first test day). Russell made a few changes to our seat and so did I, so I suppose we wanted to make sure that today we finalised our comfort.
“The feedback has been really good. To be honest, we’ve had similar things to say about the inside of the car. Our driving styles are a little bit different but it’s still related to getting the same result. He’s (Russell) doing a great job in getting up to speed and it hasn’t taken any time for him to be back. We drive a little differently but we’ve both been giving similar feedback.
“Ergonomics and how the car drives is probably the biggest thing that I’m helping him on but he knows how to drive a Supercar as well as any co-driver in the field. For him it’s just getting a little bit of rust off and just tuning up a little on the technique which helps these cars go a little bit faster.
“This is all about experience so I can hit the ground running next year. More miles in the V8 is crucial. We’ve been fortunate enough to get these two test days under our belt. They’re incredibly important.
“It’s hard to believe what’s happened these last couple of weeks. It’s been a good year for me but it’s time to continue getting the work done.”