Rising star Broc Feeney has clinched a memorable first Supercars victory to bid Holden fans a happy farewell to the red lion at the Adelaide 500.
Feeney, who stepped into Jamie Whincup’s Red Bull Ampol seat this season after the retirement of the Supercars immortal, saved his best ride of the year for last.
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The 20-year-old cements Chaz Mostert’s victory in Saturday’s 78-lap race to become a Holden double at the legendary manufacturer’s final motorsport event.
Mostert capped a great weekend by finishing second to Feeney while polesitter Anton De Pasquale finished third in hot conditions at the Adelaide street circuit.
Feeney kept his cool despite unrelenting pressure on his rear end from two-time Bathurst 1000 winner Chaz Mostert, but was able to extend the slim lead he held for more than 50 laps.
He becomes the second youngest driver to ever win a Supercars race, behind only three-time champion Scott McLaughlin.
“I can’t believe it,” said an emotional Feeney.
“I felt like victory was always so close and to get it for Holden at the last race in front of all these fans, it means so much.
“In this race I wanted to show that I can hopefully be a contender next year.
“I had an awesome car…this is probably the best moment of my life.”
Holden appeared to be on course for a trifecta as three-time Supercars champion Shane van Gisbergen passed Ford driver De Pasquale with 16 laps to go.
However, Van Gisbergen was handed a pit lane penalty following an incident following a safety car restart.
Van Gisbergen then dropped to 11th while Pasquale reclaimed third and Holden denied a perfect bye.
General Motors retired the Holden marque in 2020, announcing it just weeks before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Commodore has lived on in motorsport.
However, with Gen3 cars coming next year, Chevrolet Camaros will replace Holdens on the grid to battle the Ford Mustangs.
With 616 race victories, Holden bids farewell as the most successful manufacturer in supercar history.
It was a frustrating end to a dominant season for van Gisbergen, who won a record 21 of 34 races, including his second Bathurst 1000 title with Garth Tander.
But van Gisbergen pushed his disappointment aside and immediately celebrated on track with an epic burnout session for his third Supercars Championship.
The revival of the Adelaide 500 proved a resounding success, with 258,200 spectators entering the Parklands complex for the four day event.
Viewership was significantly higher than the previous Adelaide event in February 2020 when 206,350 fans attended.
ADELAIDE 500 RACE TWO
1. Broc Feeney (Holden)
2. Chaz Mostert (Holden)
3. Anton de Pasquale (Ford)
4. Camwater (Ford)
5. André Heimgärtner (Holden)
SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP RANKING
1. Shane van Gisbergen (Holden) 3523 pts
2. Camwater 2908
3. Chaz Mostert 2835
4. Anton de Pasquale 2599
5. Will Davison (Ford) 2573
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