When Broc Feeney arrived at the 2019 Kumho Tyre Australian V8 Touring Car Series’ (née Super3 Series) final round at the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships’ visit to Sandown, there was an immense amount of pressure on the teenager.
Feeney held a slight lead over runner-up Jayden Ojeda, who was heading into the final round off the back of three consecutive round wins and put himself right into contention, waiting for the series leader to slip up.
However, as the history books show, Feeney held firm and did what he needed to do to secure a maiden major series title – a reward for his outstanding consistency over the course of the five rounds.
Fast forward four months, and Feeney finds himself just one tier below the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship after securing a seat in the 2020 Dunlop Super2 Series.
Unlike others, Feeney isn’t feeling the nerves a newcomer would usually have, but is instead embracing the pressure that will no doubt come with racing at such a high level.
“The title last year was incredible. I didn’t have many words to say after that Sandown weekend as it was something that we could only dream of at the start of the year,” Feeney said.
“To come away on top over fierce competition was amazing, as there was a lot of pressure all year. I put in my mind that I wanted to win the series, I did everything I could to do it. We finished 12 out of the 15 races on the podium so I had a really great year.
“I love the pressure. I feel like it makes me a little bit better, especially when the stakes are high, and you have to perform and do the job. I am really looking forward to the Super2 challenge.
“I am really excited to make this step up and move into the Super2 Series. There are some great drivers in it, and I feel it’s going to be good to showcase the whole Super2 series.”
While getting a seat in the series was important to Feeney, it had to be with the right team. A plum drive at leading Supercars squad Tickford Racing is almost the perfect scenario for Feeney.
“The biggest thing for me was aligning myself with Tickford. They are a main game team and it’s crucial that I stay in touch with main series guys,” Feeney explained.
“In Super2, there are a lot of guys who have done wildcards or raced as co-drivers in the main game, so this move gives me the opportunity to learn off them and stay in touch with what the main team is doing.
“I know I am going to have a great car so I can really focus on myself, and getting the most out of the car, for the year ahead.
“I am really privileged to have this team behind me and hopefully have a good year. Hopefully I can do what I did last year and keep chipping away at it for the whole year.
“I feel that’s the perfect place for me to step up. I feel like I’m on the right path going from Super3 to Super2, so hopefully that can continue towards Supercars.”
After a well-deserved summer break, the 17-year-old begins his 2020 season with the Liqui-Moly 12 Hour before the Dunlop Super2 Series begins next month at the Superloop Adelaide 500.