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Triple Eight dominates Bathurst season opener

Triple Eight teammates Broc Feeney and Will Brown split the wins at the season opener at Bathurst.

25 February 2024

Triple Eight Race Engineering topped every session of the 2024 Repco Supercars Championship season opener, the Thrifty Bathurst 500, with a win apiece for Broc Feeney and new recruit Will Brown.

The win in Race 1 was Feeney’s seventh career victory. He was followed across the line by his new teammate Brown. Walkinshaw Andretti United’s Chaz Mostert was best of the rest and leading Ford entry in third.

Behind the top three was defending Repco Bathurst 1000 champion Richie Stanaway on debut with Grove Racing. Fifth was Matt Stone Racing’s Cameron Hill, the best result of his career, while Hill’s new teammate Nick Percat was sixth ahead of Brad Jones Racing’s Bryce Fullwood, Team 18 debutant David Reynolds and the Kiwi duo of Andre Heimgartner and Matt Payne, who rounded out the top 10.

After an early-race tangle that led to a penalty in Race 2, Feeney was forced to settle for third with Brown taking the victory ahead of Mostert.

Tickford Racing’s Thomas Randle was in fourth place ahead of Golding with Reynolds, Payne, Erebus Motorsport new recruit Jack Le Brocq, Percat and Will Davison rounding out the top 10.

Tickford’s Cameron Waters endured a torrid weekend with a wheel falling off in Race 1 and a lowly 16th place in Race 2.

The full-time rookies also suffered at Bathurst with a double retirement for Walkinshaw Andretti United’s Ryan Wood, while the Blanchard Racing Team’s Aaron Love made contact with the wall in both races.

“Yeah, it means a lot, first round with the new team. To get a win, to get a pole position this weekend, absolutely stoked,” said Brown after his first event with Triple Eight.

“It’s a long year ahead. All these guys are driving great. So we’ll see where we end up.”

The second round of the 2024 Repco Supercars Championship will be the four-race Melbourne SuperSprint as part of the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix from March 21 to 24 .