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Truck Assist TEKNO Racing’s Jack Le Brocq and Jonathon Webb have claimed the V6 Amarok Hard Charger by a slender margin, capping out a strong Pirtek Enduro Cup for the duo, with another strong day of improvement at the Sandown 500.
After a gruelling afternoon, the pair came through to finish 19th, which ultimately gave the crew the award by a single point.
For the weekend the car sported the colours of National Transport Insurance on a Bob Morris Torana A9X throwback livery, which also carried a tribute to Hall of Famer Mike Raymond.
“It was a bit of a tough day here at Sandown to round out the Enduros, but it’s a good bonus for the crew to claim the Hard Charger award for all of their effort over the three events,” said Le Brocq.
“It’s been an enjoyable Enduro campaign with Jonathon, and we showed that over the longer races we can hustle our way forward.
“Obviously it was cool to be carrying the Bob Morris A9X Torana colours over the weekend, and special to be able to pay our respects to Mike Raymond.
“We’ll roll on now to finish the year on a high note at Newcastle, I love the street circuits, so I can’t wait.”
The weekend commenced with three 30-minute-long practice sessions on Friday, with Webb 23rd in the opening session, Le Brocq 25th in the second, while Webb was 24th in final, with dry conditions enjoyed throughout.
In Saturday’s final practice, Le Brocq registered the 25th fastest time.
A 20-minute-long qualifying session commenced with a damp track, which rapidly became waterlogged, before drying in the final minutes.
In the final wrap up, Le Brocq registered the 22nd fastest time, despite only completing four circuits at the start of the session.
Webb took the wheel for the first of the twin-20 lap races to determine the starting order for the main race, and after an initial slow getaway, charged through to 20th in a wild race that was punctuated by rain squalls.
The heavens opened further for Le Brocq’s race, and with the selection of dry tyres not paying dividends, Le Brocq nursed the car home to 24th position, which ultimately translated into 23rd on the starting grid.
After holding station on the opening circuit, Webb dropped a pair of positions after being forced wide at turn three on the second lap, but from there he made a steady charge forward.
Rising to third position when the race’s sole safety car entered the circuit, Webb took his first service on lap 32 of 161.
Webb handed over the car to Le Brocq on lap 69 from fifth position.
While in 12th place on lap 90, Le Brocq copped the worst from a three-wide battle with the Walkinshaw Andretti United teammates.
After stopping from 10th on lap 97, Le Brocq ran through to lap 130 and his final stop.
Passing the retiring car of James Golding late, the number 19 machine came across the line in 19th.
The Supercars Championship concludes with the Coates Hire Newcastle 500 on November 22-24, with Le Brocq currently 21st in the point standings.
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