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Le Brocq ‘hurt’ by championship fade

JACK Le Brocq has been left to rue a maiden top 10 end-of-year championship ranking slipping from his grasp at the very last moment.

At the end of 26 of the season’s first 27 races, Le Brocq was perched inside the top 10 – only for him to tumble to 12th overall after finishing 23rd in the Sunday leg of the Adelaide finale.

For Le Brocq, it’s an opportunity gone begging, but 2023 still represents a career year. He ended his first five full-time campaigns (2018-22) ranked 19th, 22nd, 15th, 16th and 21st.

Moreover, his consistent performances were enough to convince championship-winning squad Erebus Motorsport to sign him as Will Brown’s replacement.

“It’s been a rollercoaster but it’s also been absolutely unreal with the boys at MSR,” Le Brocq reflected.

“Had some real highs, like the pole position and race win in Darwin and plenty of top 10s and top fives along the way — I’ve lost track of how many solid results we’ve had. Absolute kudos to the boys at Matt Stone Racing, they did an awesome job all year.

“It’s a shame we couldn’t finish the job this weekend; it was a really tough one. We couldn’t find the balance of the car; had good speed at times but unfortunately couldn’t get it all working together.

“Unfortunately we dropped out of the top 10 of the drivers’ championship, which hurts.

“It definitely sucks because the boys have done an awesome job. We pushed hard all year and we just fell short at the final moment.

“It’s part of racing, that’s motorsport, and it’s a massive credit to all the guys here that kept punching on and got the job done.”

Teammate Cameron Hill ended the season on a happier note, rewarding his crew for their rapid Sunday rebuild of his #35 Camaro by bringing it home a solid 17th.

MORE: Hill explains heavy Turn 8 crash

Cameron Hill’s car returns to the Adelaide pitlane via a tilt tray. Pic: Supplied/Christian Hartung

That helped him salvage 54 points, without which he would’ve finished last in the championship. Instead, he was 23rd, ahead of Declan Fraser and Jack Smith.

“The car didn’t start on Saturday when we were on the grid after a decent qualifying and by the time we had the car running I was a few laps down,” said the Canberran.

“It was a long afternoon on Saturday and I wanted to really make up for it on Sunday, but unfortunately I had a big accident in qualifying.

“I really didn’t think I was going to be racing — I thought the car was too damaged but incredible the team just stuck in and put in an amazing effort to get the car fixed in under four hours for the final race of the year.

“Not only did we get it fixed, but we went from last to 17th, up eight spots which was amazing. It was a nice way to finish a really tough weekend.”

With Le Brocq off to Erebus, Nick Percat will join Hill in the MSR ranks next season.

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