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Broc Feeney leads commanding Triple Eight 1-2 in Bathurst opener

Broc Feeney headed home a commanding Triple Eight Race Engineering 1-2 in first the Supercars Championship race of 2024 at Mount Panorama, a race which finished behind the safety car.

It was team-mate Will Brown who had qualified on pole position ahead of Feeney and headed the field as the lights went out.

There was an early safety car as Ryan Wood (Ford) got stuck in the gravel of the first corner and had to be towed, with the race restarting at the end of lap two.

The Triple Eight drivers remained close until the pit stops when Feeney managed to get ahead after stopping a lap later, with Brown stating he made a mistake while exiting the pits and did not hit the pit speed limiter button quick enough.

This saw Feeney heading into a lead he was to keep until the end of the race, with the two Chevrolet Camaro drivers keeping close to each other in the final part.

Walkinshaw Andretti United driver Chaz Mostert started third and gained on the Triple Eight duo towards the end of the race.

But a late safety car session due to Aaron Love crashing with two laps left saw the Ford Mustang driver being unable to seriously challenge for second place.

Grove Racing driver Richie Stanaway headed Matt Stone Racing driver Cameron Hill to fourth place.

Nick Percat made his way up from eighth on the grid to finish sixth after stopping late in the race.

There was a full course yellow during the race, the first in Supercars Championship history.

It was caused by Cameron Waters who lost a wheel at Griffins Bend on lap 33, putting an end to what has so far been a disastrous start to the season for Tickford Racing driver who had qualified 20th.

Next up is qualifying for Race 2, starting at 09:30 local time/23:30 CET.