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REVIEW: Supercars and Porsche take centre stage at Albert Park

Phil Branagan
Thursday, 21 March 2024

Feeney, Brown and Jones Shine at Albert Park

Thursday saw plenty of action at the FORMULA 1 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX 2024, the leading support events for Supercars, and the Porsche Carrera Cup took to the track.

On a busy day for the Supercars teams, the MSS Security Supersprint ran the first of its four races, and the Red Bull Chevrolets were the cars to beat.


Broc Feeney was challenged by Anton de Pasquale at the start but quickly passed the Shell Ford Mustang and sped away to a win of more than two seconds.

Feeney’s teammate Will Brown came in second place, and the pair are now in that order in the championship points.

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Despite a last-lap slip, Matt Payne took third place in his Grove Racing Ford, perhaps fortunately so after Nick Percat slipped past to be ahead at the flag.

However, a five-second time penalty for an earlier incident dropped Percat to sixth place and restored Payne to the last step on the podium.

Ford drivers Chaz Mostert and Cameron Waters, who will start Friday’s Supercars race from pole position, filled out the minor placings.

By scoring an extra five points by setting the fastest lap of the race on the final lap, Feeney now leads the championship points but by a narrow two-point margin over Brown, 359-357.

The second Supercars race will take place at 2:50 pm on Friday.

In the Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup 2022, champion Harri Jones celebrated his return to the series with an all-the-way win from pole position.

Even two Safety Car periods and restarts could not prevent Jones’s Melbourne Performance Centre 992 from controlling the race from the front to win by 6.9 seconds from Bayley Hall.

Veteran Dale Wood was third, a great result from seventh on the starting grid.

Jackson Walls recovered strongly from a qualifying crash, which saw him start from last on the grid to finish in 10th place.

Rodney Jane took out the Pro-Am class ahead of Dean Cook.

The Porsches will race again on Friday at 6:25 pm.

Estimated attendance of 65,030 (This is the third-highest Thursday attendance on record and is 4,198 higher than the official estimate for Thursday in 2023 (60,832))