Gold Coast teenager Broc Feeney will replace seven-time Supercars champion Jamie Whincup at Red Bull Racing from 2022.
The 18-year-old will join current Supercars championship favourite and 2020 Bathurst 1000 winner Shane van Gisbergen at the team.
“It’s an amazing opportunity for me to be replacing ‘The GOAT’, Jamie Whincup. It’s so surreal for me at the moment, but I think it will start to kick in at the start of next year,” Feeney said.
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Whincup confirmed in February that he will end his full-time driving career in 2021 and will take up the Managing Director and Team Principal roles at the team.
Feeney, who has signed a multi-year deal, will become the youngest ever Triple Eight Race Engineering driver when he rolls out in 2022.
The current Dunlop Super2 Series points leader will turn 19 in October, and will also share a Supercheap Auto-backed Triple Eight wildcard with Russell Ingall at the Repco Bathurst 1000.
Whincup said he was delighted to see Triple Eight take a chance on a young driver, just like it did with him 15 years ago.
“I think some people will look at this decision and think we would have gone in an ‘established driver’ direction, but we’re not a team that takes things conservatively,” Whincup said.
“We take risks at Triple Eight, we’re on the front foot and we have a crack and lead with our gut-feel, and it seemed right to give Broc the opportunity.”