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MSR out to capitalise on pre-event Bend test

MATT Stone Racing appears well-placed to make hay while the sun shines, following a pre-event Tailem Bend test.

MSR’s 2024 plans have suddenly been tipped upside by news that Jack Le Brocq is set to switch to Erebus Motorsport, but the Yatala squad is forging ahead on making the most of its breakthrough season.

The Le Brocq/MSR combination has been one of the revelations of the season, neither having consistently featured so prominently in five years prior (both joined the Supercars Championship full-time in 2018).

Le Brocq is eighth in the standings with a pole position and win to his name.

MSR is in the box seat to continue its form at this weekend’s OTR SuperSprint, thanks to lessons learnt from a rookie test at The Bend Motorsport Park on August 3.

That was primarily for Cameron Hill, although Le Brocq was allowed to complete 10 laps.

“We’re feeling good after testing there a few weeks ago, which was definitely a bonus to get some mileage in,” said Le Brocq.

“We’ve been focused on really maximising what we learnt from that day.

The #35 Truck Assist Camaro at Tailem Bend. Pic: Supplied

“It’s a track I’ve run well at in the past with a podium back in 2020, so hopefully we can target some strong results with the MSR crew.

“We feel like we’ve got a pretty good direction going in – it’s a two-day event so will be a busy one, but hopefully we roll out the truck fairly competitive.”

That two-day format should only heighten any sense of a headstart MSR might have, with limited time for others to play catch-up.

“I don’t think we’ll see the tyre degradation as powerful at The Bend, but that’s not to say it won’t be there as you can still hurt the tyres, I think the pace will be very high there you won’t be able to keep as much up your sleeve,” Hill noted.

“I swept the weekend there in 2021 (in Porsche Carrera Cup Australia). It’s a great track, I really like it.

“The Bend is fast and flowing, so it’ll be interesting to see how Gen3 goes there as there’s not as much reliance on aero leading to some good battles.

“I think Gen3 has shown to put on good racing and that’s the main thing.”

Hill joined MSR on a one-year deal but is, at this stage, expected to continue with them into next season.

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