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PRESS RELEASE/Truck Assist TEKNO Racing – Photo: Velocity Magazine (Darin Mandy) Darwin 2019

  • The streets of Townsville have been a happy hunting ground for team driver Jack Le Brocq in the past, with weekend victory clean sweeps in the Super2 Series (2016) and Formula Ford (2012).
  • Le Brocq had a strong result from the Sunday race in Townsville last year fall by the wayside following a post-race penalty, after showing strong race pace.
  • The Truck Assist TEKNO Racing Holden Commodore has shown solid form on older tyres in recent rounds, a factor that may come into play over the course of the twin 200km-long races.
  • TEKNO have podium form on the board in Townsville, dating back to Shane Van Gisbergen in 2013.

Q: The Townsville layout is a real mix of things – what is the key to going fast?
JLB: “It’s a pretty tricky track – it’s really technical, it’s got a lot of tighter corners, with a couple of first gear turns added into the mix with the third last and the final corners,” said Le Brocq.
“It’s one of those circuits over a race distance that is going to cook rear tyres.
“There are a lot of drive sections, and especially lateral drive over the rear of the circuit, and then through the second last corner.
“So the left rear tyre really cops a hammering.
“It’s crucial that you have a car that rotates well, but then you also need it to squat down well and drive off the corners.
“I must say that it is really difficult for the engineers, because us drivers want everything to work, but it’s impossible!”
Q:It has been a happy hunting ground in the past – you’ve clean swept the weekend in Super2 and Formula Ford.
JLB: “I suppose it’s one of those tracks that I’ve really enjoyed and gone well at.
“Plus, it’s a lot like Darwin, there’s just an awesome atmosphere around the track and around town, everyone gets into it.
“The Thursday night autograph session down on The Stand is always a bit of a highlight.
“But most importantly, we once again are able to get away from the Melbourne winter, which is absolutely fantastic!”
Q: There’s a possibility of some rain in the long-term forecast for the weekend…
JLB: “That would be cool – it would definitely spice it up!
“I can’t remember ever driving up there in the wet, so it would be a bit of a challenge for everyone.
“A mid-race sprinkle could make things quite entertaining.”
Q: Saturday and Sunday are both 200km races, same format each day, something we haven’t seem for much of the season to date. Will it help being able to learn from the Saturday race ahead of Sunday?
JLB: “Everyone will be in the same boat, so I don’t think it will be a massive deal.
“I really like the format with the two longer races, it’s a good circuit for passing, especially when you consider the tyre degradation in play.
“If you’ve got a good car that looks after its tyres, you could be in for a pretty good day, like we were in the Sunday race last year in terms of moving forward, that was until I turned Will (Davison) around.
“It’s a cool circuit, and I think the two pit stops each day make it more interesting as a driver anyway.”


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