Dunlop Series driver Jack Le Brocq will make his V8 Supercars Championship debut at Erebus Motorsport V8 as Ash Walsh’s co-driver in the Pirtek Enduro Cup rounds, the team has announced.

The 22-year-old has spent a number of years as an Erebus Academy driver in the team’s GT3 cars, as well as racing for other outfits in the Australian touring car championship’s feeder series.

Le Brocq will contest the Sandown 500, Bathurst 1000 and Gold Coast 600 rounds as co-driver to fellow rookie Walsh in the #4 E63 Mercedes-Benz AMG.

Erebus Motorsport owner Betty Klimenko said that Le Brocq would be a perfect fit for the team’s tilt at the V8 Supercars’ long distance races.

“Jack has been a part of the Erebus Academy program for a number of years and it’s been great to see him develop as a driver and as a person to get to the point where he is today,” she said.

“We feel Jack has earned the chance to test himself in V8 Supercars and is ready to make the most of this opportunity driving with Ash.

“It’s great that on one side of the garage we will have a team of up and coming drivers in Ash and Jack and then on the other side we’ve got the experience of [brothers] Will and Alex Davison so I’m really excited about this year’s enduros.”

“I’m still pinching myself to be honest and can’t thank everyone enough at Erebus for giving me this opportunity,” Le Brocq added.

“I’m absolutely stoked. I don’t think I’ve ever looked forward to a seat fitting as much as this and I’m really excited to be driving with Ash.

“It’ll be great to get some laps in the car during the co-driver practice sessions at Perth next weekend and the other rounds in the build-up to the enduros.

“It’s been my aim for a while to gain a V8 Supercars drive and this is a significant stepping stone towards pushing for a full-time drive in the category further down the track.”

The team has also announced that Walsh’s car – which has so far run with limited sponsorship to-date – will carry the colours of the Starlight Children’s Foundation at next weekend’s Perth Super Sprint round at Barbagallo Raceway.

The Starlight Foundation has been operating for more than 30 years, aiming to provide positive experiences for seriously ill children. The Western Australian round coincides with the charity’s major fundraising day, Starlight Day.

“The Starlight Children’s Foundation does some amazing work throughout Australia and this is our way of recognising that as well as helping to promote Starlight Day,” Klimenko added.

Image via Erebus Motorsport

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