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What Le Brocq made of Erebus’ Round 1

THE Thrifty Bathurst 500 didn’t produce the lofty heights Jack Le Brocq had envisaged, but he was far from disheartened with Erebus Motorsport’s Mountain form.

The spotlight was shining brighter on Erebus than ever before following its 2023 heroics and its impending split with champion Brodie Kostecki, but the team vowed to press on.

For recruit Jack Le Brocq, who was long ago signed to replace Will Brown in the #9 entry, he had to overcome the horror start of a self-inflicted mechanical issue which ruled him out of Practice 1.

He found himself even more on the back foot when wet weather affected Practice 2.

Under sunny Saturday skies, Le Brocq qualified 11th and finished 13th, as Todd Hazelwood led the way for Erebus.

Le Brocq reeled in teammate Todd Hazelwood by Sunday, taking eighth after securing sixth in the Top 10 Shootout.

All in all, it represented a solid recovery for ‘JLB’, whose new race engineer Tom Moore had missed Erebus’ pre-season test.

Le Brocq is 11th in the championship and Hazelwood 13th. Erebus is sixth in the teams’ standings. Solid, but more to come, is the vibe.

“I feel like we had some pretty good speed (on Sunday) which was nice in quali,” Le Brocq, a race winner last year for Matt Stone Racing, told V8 Sleuth.

“I’m still in the race just trying to get my head around how this car operates… but it was a successful weekend, we got through it with two straight cars, a top 10 and it was great to make the Shootout.

“I’m just looking forward to getting to AGP (the Australian Grand Prix) and keep building on that.

Jack Le Brocq. Pic: Nathan Wong

“The speed is there, which is good, I’ve just got to myself work a little bit harder and understand this car a bit more to start pedalling a few spots higher.”

Le Brocq feels the Erebus package is better suited to Dunlop’s soft compound tyre, which will be back in use during Round 2 at Albert Park.

The external noise is yet to fully dissipate though, with Hazelwood still not officially confirmed to be driving the #99 Camaro next month, as a resolution is sought via legal talks between the management of Erebus and Kostecki.

“It’s obviously always an unwanted distraction, it all, but we stayed focused on what I needed to do as the driver of Car #9 and trying to drive it as fast as possible,” said Le Brocq.

“All the guys and girls in the garage did a great job, just trying to avoid those distractions and keep pressing on.”

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