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Supercheap Auto Racing clinch fifth in gruelling Bathurst 12 Hour

Shane van Gisbergen/Broc Feeney/Maximilian Götz – Car #888 (Pro)
Qualifying – 2nd
Overall Race Result – 5th 

Broc Feeney
“It’s been a tough weekend. We had limited practice laps so it’s been hard for all three of us to get comfortable in the car. I qualified on Saturday and it went really well. To make the Top 10 Shootout was cool and then to go up against Maro (Engel, Car #999) and set up a front-row start was pretty special. I felt very out of place at the press conference with all the factory drivers! Today we just struggled for race pace quite a lot. Maxi was really strong off the start this morning and during the first couple of stints, but then we faded a lot during the day. We got a pit lane penalty when we changed the rear wing in pit lane instead of in the garage but the change made the car much better so we were a lot more comfortable after that. But it was tough – the double stints are really long in these cars, and it was gruelling and hot. I was glad to see the chequered flag! At the end, our pace was pretty similar to the guys on the podium, but we took too long to get there. Next year, we’ll hopefully be more competitive.”

Maximilian Götz
“It was really nice to be back with such a great team. It feels like home! Everything was really nicely prepared and the Supercheap Auto car looked amazing. We drove as a team the whole weekend and we made big steps forward by changing so much on the setup, so I think we improved quite a lot. Qualifying showed our potential but our race pace was not there quick enough. In the end, we suffered from our mistakes in terms of strategy and the pit lane penalty. We went a lap down and couldn’t fight back. The competition is super high – everything needs to be perfect and it wasn’t at some stages because of our pace. It is cool for the team to have one car on the Pro-Am podium, but we came here for more. Third was our target for the weekend – we couldn’t manage it, so we will have to come back next year.”

Shane van Gisbergen
“This weekend was difficult. I never really got comfortable in the car, so today I tried my best but I didn’t have any speed on my side. Fifth is hard to be happy about but it’s still an okay result. It was a long day, it’s hard to put into words. My teammates put in the hard yards and did a solid job, so I have to thank them. On the Car 99 side of the garage, it was great for them to come away with a class podium. I also got to drive on track with a Red Bull Racing F1 car this weekend, which was a highlight.”