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What’s impressed Erebus about Le Brocq

EREBUS Motorsport and Jack Le Brocq have high expectations for the year ahead after a case of the stars finally aligning.

Le Brocq’s relationship with Erebus CEO Barry Ryan spans more than a decade, but after making his Supercars debut with the team in the 2015 enduros, he bounced around elsewhere for the following eight seasons.

Will Brown’s defection to Triple Eight opened the door at an opportune time: Le Brocq being in-form and on the market, and Erebus being more attractive than ever with its Gen3 dominance.

More than five months on from JLB being announced in the #9 seat, crunch time is quickly approaching – and Ryan is optimistic of what’s to come.

“At the end of the year, we had a really good meeting with him just about where he’s at, where his set-up knowledge is at, and he’s pretty impressive, how he goes about things,” Ryan told V8 Sleuth.

“We sort of knew how good he was technically, but he was probably a step above where we thought he might be so it’s really good.

“Jack grew up in Formula Fords prepping his own car, so he’s pretty similar to Brodie (Kostecki) in that way in that he knows exactly what the car needs and what the car is doing and what you’re doing when you make a change.

“It does make a difference.”

Beyond that technical knowhow, Ryan believes Le Brocq will benefit from not needing to second-guess his car, Erebus having found a near-foolproof base set-up last year – not to mention building two new Camaros in the off-season.

“I can’t wait to see how he goes. It’s exciting,” Ryan said.

“He is someone we have kept an eye on for a long time and the stars had never aligned to get him back in the fold and now it has.

“I think he’s been ready for a while. Hopefully our environment will suit him, and knowing he’s got a fast car makes a big difference – you can just get in and know if you do a good job, you’re going to be fast.

“Jack has got a pretty high expectation based on us and he has got a lot of self-confidence, so it’s good.”

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