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Top ten finishes for both Bulls in a tough Pukekohe opener

Broc Feeney – Car #88
Practice 2 – 11th (1:02.5819)
Qualifying, Race 27 – Eighth (1:02.4311)
Race 27 – Seventh

Championship standingsSixth (1712 points)

Shane van Gisbergen – Car #97
Practice 2 – Fifth (1:02.2580)
Qualifying, Race 27 – Seventh (1:02.3355)
Race 27 – Fifth

Championship standingsFirst (2572 points)


Broc Feeney – Car #88
“We had a pretty decent first day. We qualified eighth so I started next to Shane (van Gisbergen). We went pretty aggressive with the strategy and tried to get some clean air. We were reasonably fast throughout the race – I think we were in the top three in pace when we were in clean air, but some other drivers filtered out in front of me and we got stuck there for the rest of the race. I finished P7 in the end and managed to gain a spot, but that’s probably where our pace was today. Overall, we’re lacking a bit of speed but I’ve got no doubt the team will make it a bit faster overnight and we’ve gained a lot of knowledge today. We need to work on our qualifying results for tomorrow, both cars qualified on the fourth row and qualifying is so important here because it’s a hard track to pass and the aero wash is really bad, especially in the first and last sectors. I’m really slow in sector one, but the rest of the track we’re really competitive. We just need to fix that issue for both cars overnight, and if we can make those changes I think we’ll be pretty competitive tomorrow.”

Shane van Gisbergen – Car #97
“We changed three tyres in today’s race so we could try and get as close to our starting position and also claim the fastest lap and the bonus points that come with that. We had a crack at the fastest lap because we really struggled to pass. My car was struggling with the high-speed areas of the track, and that’s what we’ll be focussing on tonight because we need to be better in those areas. Even though the safety car came out towards the end of the race, it was hard to follow in the high-speed areas and I only managed to pass Anton (de Pasquale) late in the race. Unfortunately, in qualifying P7 was all we had. We’ll have a sit down with the engineering group tonight, make some changes and hopefully do better tomorrow.”