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TRUCK ASSIST TEKNO RACING NEWCASTLE PREVIEW

MEDIA RELEASE/Truck Assist – TEKNO – Photo: Velocity Magazine

  • This weekend in Newcastle, Jack Le Brocq reverts to Truck Assist colours aboard the TEKNO Racing Holden Commodore, having sported the logos of sister company NTI at the Sandown 500, with a retro throwback livery to Bob Morris’s Holden Torana A9X.
  • The Pirtek Enduro Cup saw an improved turn of pace for the outfit, who along the way picked up the Amarok V6 Hard Charger Award for the most positions gained at Bathurst, the Gold Coast and Sandown.
  • This is Le Brocq’s third visit to the Newcastle Street Circuit, after racing in Super2 back in 2017, while last year he wrapped up the Supercars Rookie of the Year title at the venue.
  • Heading into the event, Le Brocq is engaged in a tight championship points tussle, in which he currently holds down 21st position in the standings.

Newcastle – the big finale to a long season.
 
“It’s an awesome way to round out the year – it’s an enjoyable track, but the biggest thing is the atmosphere, the last couple of years the crowd has been incredible,” said Le Brocq.
 
“It’s probably one of the toughest circuits on the calendar, like all of the street circuits, there is absolutely no margin for error, and the place has some serious consequences if you don’t get it right.
 
“It’s pretty much go-go-go the whole time with no chance to relax.
 
“A saving grace this weekend is that it might not be quite as hot as our first two visits, but there’s a chance it could rain, which would really spice things up.
 
“I would prefer it to stay dry, but like the Saturday at Sandown, a passing shower would keep everyone on their toes!”
 
What’s the biggest challenge?
 
“You really want a car that flows nicely, there are a few different parts to the track, with the standard 90-degree street circuit section, but there’s also the flat-out blast down to the last hairpin.
 
“Being a street circuit, you also have to deal with the typical lumps, bumps and tram tracks, but it all adds to the character of the place.
 
“Even though there are a couple of longer races, there really is an emphasis on qualifying and starting as far forward as you can.
 
“You have to really be on your game to make overtaking work.”
 
Did you know Newcastle was such a nice place before Supercars started racing there?
 
“Newcastle is amazing!
 
“With the beach right there on the doorstep, it’s the sort of place you would like to visit outside of race weekend.
 
“It’s easy to tell why it draws such a big crowd as the whole town has an amazing vibe to it.”


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