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- Truck Assist TEKNO Racing’s Jack Le Brocq will this weekend make his fifth start in the Vodafone Gold Coast 600, and he will be looking to improve on his best finish to date of 12th.
- He previously raced on the streets of Surfers Paradise in the Australian Formula Ford Championship in 2010 and ’11, with his second visit resulting in a podium clean sweep, including two race wins.
- Le Brocq will once again be partnered by Jonathon Webb, who has two wins at the venue, both from pole position, alongside Shane van Gisbergen in 2014 and ’15.
- Webb also collected a GC600 surfboard when he finished third in 2012 alongside Marc Lieb, while van Gisbergen also finished second for TEKNO in 2013 alongside Jeroen Bleekemolen.
The Gold Coast 600 is another wildcard thrown into the Enduro Cup mix.
“Surfers Paradise is always pretty wild – it’s the sort of place where anything can, and normally does happen!” Said Le Brocq.
“Just look at last year, that was some pretty serious flooding!
“It’s a cool place, I always love going there, it’s probably one of my favourite tracks on the calendar, and I honestly don’t know why – maybe because I keep scaring myself every time I go there.
“The event has an unreal atmosphere, and typically the weather is spot on.
“It will be great being back on the soft compound tyre as well, I think all of the drivers will be well and truly on board with that!”
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The track is an oddity in that the fastest race line means that you have to hit the fence…
“There isn’t a whole lot of room for error, that’s for sure.
“The track rewards commitment, and you have to use every bit of road that you can use.
“If you don’t take a mirror off, you probably aren’t trying hard enough.
“When you can piece together a fast lap around there, and you’re still driving a straight car over the finish line, you are doing something right!”
Could you imagine trying to back up after Bathurst at any other venue?
“You go to Bathurst, scare yourself, then go to the Gold Coast, and scare yourself again!
“If you came into the Gold Coast from say Winton, it would probably be too much to compute!
“The other bonus too is that you get a bit of sunshine, which is a nice change of pace after the cold at Bathurst.”
What’s the key to a quick lap?
“I think it’s just commitment, so much time can be lost through the two chicanes.
“If you nail those two and manage to keep the car together, that’s where the lap time gain is.
“The rest of it is more typical to a normal racetrack, it doesn’t necessarily mean that its easy, as you still have to keep it off the fence through the staircase at the top end of the circuit.”
It’s a return to more of a compact format for the race weekend…
“At Bathurst we were spoiled with all of the practice running in the lead up, but at the Gold Coast we are back to three 30-minute-long practices before qualifying.
“I think that will put the emphasis on unloading a quick car, but we’ve all been there before, so hopefully we can be on the money early.”
The surfboards given out on the podium are pretty iconic…
“The GC600 surfboards are definitely one of the most sought-after trophies in all of Supercars racing!
“Different sports around the world have some very cool trophies, and I think the surfboards fit this event perfectly.”
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