Race 12: View From The Couch

Race 12: View From The Couch

Softly, softly worked perfectly for Jack le Brocq as he survived immense pressure to score his first Supercars win at Sydney Motorsport Park.

The youngster in the Tickford Mustang led for the meat of the race and used two sets of soft-compound Dunlop tyres to scoop the final prize on the three-race weekend.

It was a massively memorable day for le Brocq as he scored his first Supercars victory after battling Andre Heimgartner and Todd Hazelwood, who were also desperate for their first main-game win, through the dying laps.

David Reynolds was also in the mix but ran out of grip as the Top 10 finishers all ran to the flag on soft-compound tyres.

Scott McLaughlin had a miserable finish to his weekend, trailing home in the pack and even overtaken by his Shell Mustang team-mate Fabian Coulthard, but was still the highest points-scorer for the weekend and extended his margin over his closest championship rival, Jamie Whincup, from 49 to 107 points.

Le Brocq’s win was the highlight of a strong weekend for the Tickford Racing squad, which he joined this season after a lacklustre start in the main game with Tekno, which included a podium for Lee Holdsworth and a near-miss for veteran James Courtney.

“I don’t know what to feel. It hasn’t really sunk in yet,” says le Brocq.

“That was awesome. Over the moon. The last five laps I was in trouble, so I was just hanging in there.”

Heimgartner started from pole and could have gone on from there, but used up his tyres too quickly.

“I’m a bit jealous that he (le Brocq) got his first win before me. (But) it give me a lot of confidence. It was just chewing the tyres up,” says Heimgartner.

For Hazelwood, who elbowed Reynolds aside for his podium place, third place was a great result and also proof that Brad Jones Racing does its best work when the Supercars formats are shuffled.

“The devil eyes were on. I was giving it everything. To get my first podium is bloody unreal,” Hazelwood says.

  • Tyre wear sees a large number of early pitstops, the first on lap 10 of the 32-lap distance. All the stops were done by Lap 18.
  • Whincup is the best on hard tyres at the finish, but only eighth.
  • Andre Heimgartner’s pole position is fantastic for himself and Kelly Racing, which had the most catching-up to do after switching from Nissans to Mustangs over the off-season.
  • The starting grid is split 50:50 between soft and hard-compound tyres, but almost everyone is making the best of what they have left.
  • Scott McLaughlin under-performs on his technical chief Ludo Lacroix’s expectation for eighth place, but he had already had a win and a third over the weekend.

RACE 12 – 32 LAPS

1Jack Le Brocq
2Andre Heimgartner
3Todd Hazelwood
4David Reynolds
5Scott Pye
6Mark Winterbottom
7Bryce Fullwood
8Jamie Whincup
9Chaz Mostert
10Zane Goddard


1Scott McLaughlin802
2Jamie Whincup695
3Chaz Mostert610
4Nick Percat569
5Cameron Waters569
6David Reynolds562
7Shane van Gisbergen539
8Lee Holdsworth535
9Mark Winterbottom514
10Andre Heimgartner456
11Fabian Coulthard454
12Todd Hazelwood431
13Jack Le Brocq424
14Rick Kelly398
15Anton de Pasquale395
16Bryce Fullwood366
17James Courtney354
18Scott Pye338
19Macauley Jones314
20Jack Smith282
21Garry Jacobson255
22Will Davison231
23Chris Pither216
24Zane Goddard204
25Alex Davison148
26Jake Kostecki74


1Shell V-Power Racing Team1256
2Red Bull Holden Racing Team1234
3Tickford Racing (5 & 44)1060
4Brad Jones Racing (8 & 14)1000
5Tickford Racing (6 & 55)993
6WAU Racing Pty Ltd976
7Penrite Racing957
8Kelly Racing854
9Team 18852
10Brad Jones Racing (3 & 4)596
11Matt Stone Racing533
12Team SYDNEY424