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Six years ago an influx of newcomers took Supercars by storm. Scott McLaughlin, Chaz Mostert, Nick Percat and Scott Pye all made their mark in their maiden main-game seasons. They were the start of a new generation.
The next wave of young guns may have just arrived. Dunlop Super2 Series champion Todd Hazelwood is joined by fellow graduates Le Brocq, Anton De Pasquale and James Golding, plus internationally-ranked import Richie Stanaway. They are the first group of new full-timers with the potential to rival the disruption caused by the second level’s standout ‘Class of 2012’.
Much is expected of Le Brocq; Super2’s pace-setter of the past two seasons and further honed by three varied years of experience as an endurance co-driver.
After being in contention at 23 Red Racing and Nissan Motorsport, he replaced Will Davison at a reorganised and rejuvenated Tekno Autosports. A new commitment from the Webb family saw Adrian Burgess join, overseeing a strengthened technical team headed by veteran engineer Campbell Little to run a brand-new Triple Eight-built Holden ZB Commodore with a full support package.
Le Brocq, 25, was seen as the hardened young gun to lead Tekno’s return to the Shane van Gisbergen/Davison glory days of 2013-2016, when the one-car squad menaced the leading multi-car teams.
His Supercars ascension has been guided by leading manager David Segal, the former journalist and media communications guru who is Craig Lowndes’ long-time agent.
Segal, who has also been Will Davison and James Moffat’s deal-maker, recognised Le Brocq’s pace and presentation skills as those of a potential future star. But amid so much promise, the Gold Coast-based Victorian endured a tough debut at the Adelaide 500.
He struggled to adapt to his ZB’s Triple Eight-configured setup, which along with a Friday qualifying crash, an engine on the verge of failure in the opening Saturday race and penalty setbacks, left him mired at the back of the field.
Le Brocq is recovering his confidence and speed as he settles into life in the main game this season, bouncing back with an impressive run at the Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint and Perth SuperSprint with top-10 finishes.
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