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Homegrown Hero: Jack Le Brocq

Jack Le Brocq is one of Australia’s most high profile, emerging young motor racing talents. Jack is currently racing in the second-tier V8 Supercar Dunlop Series. Off-track, Jack’s approachable demeanor makes him a hit with the fans, while on-track his aggressive and precise driving style commands respect from fellow drivers.

We caught up with Jack at the Sydney round of V8 Supercars to talk about his new ride, his racing career and his plans for the future.

Haltech: Most people associate you with your current Dunlop Series team or Erebus GT team but you’ve done quite a bit of racing before getting to that level?

Jack Le Brock: For sure! I started in karting as a kid, then moved up to Formula Vee which paved the way to Formula Ford.

H: You’ve had quite a bit of success in Formula Ford…

JLB: Yeah, in 2012 I won the Australian Formula Ford title and ended up being selected as a part of the FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy in Europe and the Confederation of Australian Motorsport Rising Star program.

H: Joining Erebus Motorsport team must have been a massive boost to your career?

JLB: That’s when things really kicked up a level. In 2013 I joined the Erebus Academy as a Formula 3 driver and also competed in the Australian GT Championship, winning at Phillip Island and Sydney Motorsport Park. A year later we managed to get a podium place at the Bathurst 12hr Endurance Race in the Erebus AMG SLS.

H: So when the opportunity to join the V8 Supercars came up it was just too good to pass on?

JLB: Absolutely. I was a development driver for the Dunlop Series for Erebus during 2014 and 2015 and later on that year I entered the competition with MW Motorsport finishing 3rd in the Championship. in 2016 I joined the Prodrive Racing team and finished 2nd in the Dunlop V8 Supercar series.

H: This year you’ve moved from Ford to Nissan. Can you tell us a bit about your new ride?

JLB: My 2017 car is a Nissan Altima which I’m racing as a part of the Go Getta Team. It’s powered by a 5L, naturally aspirated Nissan V8 engine using a sequential six-speed transmission.

JLB: In this category, most of the parts like the engine, suspension, transmission, brakes and even power output and torque are controlled so it really puts a lot of emphasis on the driver’s ability to get the most out of the car.

Being under-tyred and over-braked, these cars are quite challenging to drive and move around a lot. It takes a fair bit of effort to keep all that power under control and make sure the tyres last the distance.

H: Having spent so many years racing you must have had a few hairy moments. Which one scared you the most?

JLB: My first big accident was the scariest. It happened at Bathurst in my first year of racing V8 Supercars. Heading up over the mountain I got it all wrong and hit the wall pretty hard. It knocked me around quite a bit resulting in back problems which lasted for a couple of months after the accident.

H: You’ve raced in Formula Vee, Formula Ford, Formula 3, GT Series and V8 Supercars. Is there a car you’ve never driven but would really love to try?

JLP: It would have to be a Formula 1 car. It’s the pinnacle of motor sport and something every race car driver aspires to.

H: Thanks for taking the time from your busy schedule to talk to us and good luck at Bathurst!

Haltech has been Jack’s personal sponsor since 2013 and are back on-board this year.

“It is my opinion that Jack Le Brocq is the brightest prospect of all the current young gun race drivers in Australia” John Bowe, Multiple Championship Driver.

“With Jack’s focused approach, along with his already exceptional car control and racing skills, the sky is the limit to what he can accomplish with the right support and guidance” Barry Ryan, Erebus Motorsport General Manager.

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