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Friday, 11 May 2018 12:09

Fraternising with Foges: Jack attack!

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Jack Le Brocq entered Supercars on a full-time basis with high expectations that he was the rookie to restore Tekno Autosports as giant-killer. He chats with Mark Fogarty about his rise to the main game, racing for four different manufacturers over the last four years and working with Tekno Autosports in 2018 in Supercar Xtra Magazine issue #104.

CLICK HERE for more information on issue #104.

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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Event Date
Superloop Adelaide 500 February 20-23
Melbourne 400 March 12-15
Tyrepower Tasmania Super400  April 3-5
ITM Auckland Super400 April 24-26
PIRTEK Perth SuperNight May 15-17
Truck Assist Winton Super400 June 5-7
Watpac Townsville 400 June 26-28
BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown July 17-19
Sydney SuperNight August 28-30
OTR The Bend 500 September 18-20
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 October 8-11
Vodafone Gold Coast 600 Oct. 30-Nov. 1
Penrite Oil Sandown Super400  November 20-22
Coates Hire Newcastle 500 December 4-6
   
   

 

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1. Scott McLaughlin
288  
2. Jamie Whincup
261 -27
3. Chaz Mostert
234 -54
4. Cameron Waters
231 -57
5. Will Davison
231 -57
6. David Reynolds
210 -78
7. Lee Holdsworth
171 -117
8. Mark Winterbottom
162 -126
9. Fabian Coulthard
162 -126
10. Rick Kelly
150 -138

Full championship standings