The Dunlop V8 Supercar series is the perfect training ground for the V8SC main game, and with a roll call including Mark Winterbottom, Dean Canto, Scott McLaughlin and now Cam Waters as former champions, its no surprise that people are already tipping PRA’s new recruit Jack Le Brocq as one of the drivers most likely to next make the jump into V8 Supercars. In this edition of Just Who Is (you can find my last one here), my occasional mini series profiling the hottest young names in global motorsport I explore the CV of Melbourne born and bred Jack Le Brocq, one of Australia’s hottest racing talents.
A fine second place in the 2011 Australian Formula Ford championship was followed up by a first place finish in 2012, and an induction into the FIA Young Driver Academy soon followed. Jack also won the CAMS Rising Star award in 2012, and was promptly snapped up by Betty Klimenko for a 2013 drive in the Australian GT with Erebus Motorsport and the Mercedes AMG GT-3. Erebus would also enter the 2013 V8 Supercars championship with a pair of Mercedes Benz E 63’s, but I’m sure you all knew that already!
Jack finished in 9th place in what would be his only Australian GT season, a campaign he also curtailed with a stint in Australian Formula 3, where he would finish the season in 7th scoring four podium finishes in just eight races, in a field that included fellow Dunlop Series campaigner Todd Hazelwood and Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport full time driver Andre Heimgartner.
A move into the Dunlop Series followed for 2014, and Le Brocq moved to Image Racing to partner Taz Douglas in the Falcon FG, the same Douglas who would go on to finish 2nd in the 2014 Bathurst 1000 partnering James Moffat in the Norton Hornets Nissan after Whincup’s famous fuel drama. Jack finish 14th in his debut V8 season with 750 points after missing the final round of the season at Homebush.
2015 was the year when the world really began to stand up and take notice of Le Brocq, and a move to MW Motorsport, again driving the Ford Falcon FG saw Jack take six podium finishes including fine double podiums at Barbagallo and Queensland Raceway to finish behind Cam Waters and Paul Dumbrell in the Dunlop standings. He was also named as Ash Walsh’s co-driver for the PIRTEK Enduro Cup in the #4 Erebus Mercedes, a stint which would yield 19th place finishes at Sandown and the Gold Coast in what was his maiden taste of main game V8 Supercar machinery.
Le Brocq was recruited by Prodrive as Cam Waters’ replacement for 2016 and has made the step up to the Falcon FGX for this season alongside Gary Jacobson. A fine start in Adelaide saw Le Brocq score a 4th and a 3rd place finish in the weekends two races and he sits just 30 points behind Jacobson in the championship ahead of the next round at Philip Island.
I’m sure we’ll see Le Brocq in full time V8 machinery sooner rather than later. Following in the footsteps of the highly esteemed Cam Waters is no easy task however I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw Jack in one of the four PRA cars as a co-driver this season. Any of the pairings of Mostert/Le Brocq or Waters/Le Brocq are both mouthwatering prospects, especially in a fast paced Falcon FGX and it would be interesting to see how PRA can integrate Le Brocq into the team over the coming seasons. Jack is undoubtedly one of the brightest talents in what is a very talented Dunlop Series field, and the faith Tim Edwards and PRA have shown in him at such a young age should be a sign that we should expect to see him in a full time V8 drive very, very soon. Watch this space.