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Supercars rookies cut early Pukekohe laps

The pair are gearing around race at the circuit for the very first time for next month’s Auckland SuperSprint.

It’ll be both their first and last visits to the famous circuit that will close down early next year.

To be able to fast track the training experience, both Feeney and Randle travelled to NZ for last week’s Toyota Gazoo Racing TR86 test trip to Pukekohe.

It wasn’t the very first time Feeney has made an exploratory visit to a fresh circuit, the Triple Eight driver having sampled a Radical at Wanneroo Raceway in the lead-up to the Perth SuperNight earlier this season.

For Randle, meanwhile, it had been a go back to the Toyota NZ fold, the Tickford driver having won the Toyota Racing Series back 2017.

It had been all very short notice in all honesty, said Randle of the Pukekohe sneak peek.

I had never driven the Pukekohe circuit before so to obtain some laps before the [Supercars] round was always likely to be beneficial.

I must say i loved driving the track. We’d an assortment of wet and dry conditions so that it was great to see both ahead of our Supercars round within a month or more.

This is a real shame that the circuit will undoubtedly be closing down since it has a great deal of character to it. Even being a significant short track there are several very tricky sections.

“The initial sector will undoubtedly be challenging on the bumps through Turn 1 and the run-down through 2, 3 and 4. The ultimate corner onto the straight may also be lots of fun in the Supercar, requiring a lot of commitment.

“The Toyota 86 was fun to operate a vehicle. It just took me a bit to obtain used to the ABS as well as the tyre since it is fairly dissimilar to what we drive on. It had been made a lot more challenging by the conditions with all the current rain however was lots of fun and we achieved what we had a need to.”

The Auckland SuperSprint will mark Supercars’ go back to New Zealand for the very first time since 2019.

It will require put on September 9-11.

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