Jack Le Brocq came out on top of a thrilling four-way battle to claim his first Supercars Championship race victory in the final leg of the Sydney SuperSprint round.
The Tickford Racing driver had banked on using his Soft tyre allocation for the weekend’s third and final race, but so had the likes of polesitter Andre Heimgartner, Todd Hazelwood and David Reynolds.
Le Brocq held fourth place in the opening stanza of the race until he passed Mark Winterbottom shortly before the cycle of compulsory pit stops. An early visit to the pits gave him an undercut advantage to Heimgartner and Reynolds, who pitted a lap later, to jump the pair and assume the effective race lead.
But with the Sydney Motorsport Park circuit a tyre-breaker, Le Brocq had his work cut out over the remainder of the race to keep Heimgartner at bay in the immediate laps that followed, while third-placed Reynolds kept his powder dry and was gentler on his tyres in the hope that he could take an advantage in the closing laps.
Complicating matters was a fast-charging Hazelwood, who was targeting his first podium finish. The top-four were nose-to-tail in the closing laps, but Le Brocq managed to get just enough of a gap to break free on the final lap to secure victory from Heimgartner and Hazelwood, with the latter barging past Reynolds with four corner to go.
Team 18 teammates Scott Pye and Mark Winterbottom finished fifth and sixth respectively, with Bryce Fullwood, Jamie Whincup, Chaz Mostert and Zane Goddard completing a mixed top-ten.
Shane van Gisbergen, Fabian Coulthard and Scott McLaughlin struggled in the final race with only Hard compound tyres, claiming twelfth to fourteenth respectively. Despite this, McLaughlin still holds a 107-point lead over Whincup in the Drivers’ Championship standings, having outscored the Red Bull Holden driver in two of the three races this weekend.
|2020 Australian Supercars Championship Sydney SuperSprint II – Race 12 Final Classification (32 laps)|
|1.||Jack Le Brocq||Supercheap Auto Racing||50:34.949|
|2.||Andre Heimgartner||NED Whisky Racing||+ 0.621|
|3.||Todd Hazelwood||Brut Military Grade||+ 0.812|
|4.||David Reynolds||Penrite Racing||+ 1.490|
|5.||Scott Pye||DEWALT Racing||+ 8.624|
|6.||Mark Winterbottom||IRWIN Racing||+ 12.808|
|7.||Bryce Fullwood||Mobil 1 TM Middy’s Racing||+ 14.162|
|8.||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||+ 14.884|
|9.||Chaz Mostert||Mobil 1 TM Appliances||+ 24.174|
|10.||Zane Goddard||UNIT Racing||+ 28.601|
|11.||Nick Percat||Dunlop Super Dealer Racing||+ 46.567|
|12.||Shane van Gisbergen||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||+ 53.440|
|13.||Fabian Coulthard||Shell V-Power Racing Team||+ 54.548|
|14.||Scott McLaughlin||Shell V-Power Racing Team||+ 58.598|
|15.||Lee Holdsworth||Truck Assist Racing||+ 1:04.245|
|16.||James Courtney||Boost Mobile Racing||+ 1:08.204|
|17.||Rick Kelly||Castrol Racing||+ 1:09.427|
|18.||Cameron Waters||Monster Energy Racing||+ 1:11.225|
|19.||Anton de Pasquale||Penrite Racing||+ 1:11.566|
|20.||Alex Davison||Local Legends Racing||+ 1:12.325|
|21.||Jack Smith||SCT Motor Sports||+ 1:13.313|
|22.||Chris Pither||Team SYDNEY||+ 1:16.947|
|23.||Macauley Jones||Team CoolDrive||+ 1:17.150|
|24.||Garry Jacobson||Yellow Cover Racing||+ 1:22.180|
- To be advised
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