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Le Brocq not shying away from Bathurst spotlight

JACK Le Brocq is confident he can lead Erebus Motorsport to victory as the official start to the team’s post-Brodie Kostecki era edges nearer.

A major question mark lingers over what to expect from the 2023 Supercars champion team now that it has an all-new driver line-up, following Will Brown’s defection to Triple Eight and Kostecki’s decision to sit out amid efforts to be released from his contract.

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Le Brocq and Hazelwood are former stars of the Dunlop Super2 Series and each have six full Supercars Championship seasons under their belts.

That’s amounted to a collective two main game pole positions and four podiums, including two wins (both achieved by Le Brocq).

But Kostecki and Brown had tallied just one victory between them prior to winning 10 races last season, and with the same crew and Gen3 engineering philosophies carrying over, Le Brocq is aiming high.

“There’s no reason why we can’t go out and win Bathurst. That’s definitely the goal,” Le Brocq told V8 Sleuth.

“The cars are the same and all the team and stuff is the same, so it’s just myself and Todd that have to get our heads around how these cars operate.

“But I don’t see why we can’t go out there and hit the ground running and aim for the top step.”

Erebus spent two days at Winton last week, shaking down its brand-new Camaros on Tuesday before testing on Wednesday.

Even before then, Le Brocq had started to gain an insight into the secrets of Erebus’ 2023 successes.

Jack Le Brocq’s #9 Camaro at Winton. Pic: Ross Gibb

“They’re a well-oiled machine, everyone on the floor gets along really well and they’re just having a great time, which is tick number one for me anyway,” said the 31-year-old, who will compete in this weekend’s Repco Bathurst 12 Hour.

“The mechanics, engineers, everyone gels really well, there’s a lot of respect shown throughout the workshop which is great.

“Just seeing how these cars are put together, I think for myself spending a week last year and then a couple of weeks this year when the two cars were getting built, seeing how they went about their business was pretty cool.

“It’s just little things along the way that all add up and I think that’s probably why they’re in the position that they are.”

Coming off a difficult season with the Blanchard Racing Team, Hazelwood said his first laps in an Erebus Camaro had left him grinning from ear-to-ear.

And while Erebus CEO Barry Ryan has been criticised by some for declaring “business as usual”, Hazelwood insisted that is genuinely the case.

“It’s funny, there’s obviously a lot of things happening in the media at the moment but internally in the four walls, the team has done an exceptional job to just get on with the job,” said Hazelwood.

“From a crew point of view, they’re very proud of being the teams’ champion last year and trying to replicate that moving forwards.

“They’re getting to work, doing their job and it’s the same for me as well, I’m just trying to do everything that’s right for the team and ultimately try to give ourselves the best shot of having a good crack at Bathurst.”

Le Brocq and Erebus will celebrate milestones in the Sunday leg of the Thrifty Bathurst 500, representing their 200th and 350th Supercars Championship races, respectively.

Todd Hazelwood. Pic: Erebus Motorsport
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