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The figure who turned Le Brocq’s career around

FOR years, Jack Le Brocq was the guy who could on his day deliver a big result – but those days would be too few and far between.

A perennial Dunlop Series frontrunner, Le Brocq finally got his shot in a full-time main game seat in 2018 with Tekno Autosports.

That season, he was Supercars’ top rookie among five first-year drivers (his peers being Anton De Pasquale, James Golding, Richie Stanaway and Todd Hazelwood).

Year two proved troubling as Tekno took a step backwards and tensions simmered.

Le Brocq got his big break for 2020, signed by Tickford Racing to replace Chaz Mostert.

Two seasons at the Ford squad were headlined by a race win at Sydney Motorsport Park and a second-place finish at The Bend, but his end-of-season championship rankings were just 15th and 16th.

JLB took refuge at Matt Stone Racing for 2022 where he showed good signs in aging equipment, before shining in a brand-new Gen3 Camaro last year – so much so that 2023 champions Erebus swooped on him for ’24.

Consistency is now Le Brocq’s forte.

The 31-year-old largely credits Sam Scaffidi, who was his race engineer in a podium-less 2021 Tickford campaign. Scaffidi is now Mostert’s engineer at Walkinshaw Andretti United.

Jack Le Brocq at the 2021 Bathurst 1000. Pic: Nathan Wong

“Yeah, look for me, I think I was pretty green especially after my first couple of years in the sport,” Le Brocq told V8 Sleuth.

“I felt like I probably missed out on a little bit there.

“But moving into Tickford, I think a big person that helped me make that big step was Sam Scaffidi.

“He was awesome, working with him for that year in 2021. I learnt a lot.

Sam Scaffidi. Pic: Ross Gibb

“I think that’s where it sort of turned around for me in terms of my feedback and what an engineer was looking for from me as a driver.

“So that was pretty cool, to have that year with him, and I think from there I have been building on that over the years and trying to improve on that side of things, because without that feedback and exactly nailing down what you need, it’s hard to move forward.

“So for me that’s a big thing, but also the mental game.

“I have done a lot of work in the background with some close friends of mine who have helped me out a lot and I think that’s a big part of it as well, understanding where I need to be mentally and physically and making sure I’m there and ready to do the job on the day.”

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