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)
Pos Driver Team Result
1. Jack Le Brocq Supercheap Auto Racing 50:34.949
2. Andre Heimgartner Kelly Racing 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 Walkinshaw Andretti United Mobil 1 TM Middy’s Racing + 14.162
8. Jamie Whincup Red Bull Holden Racing Team + 14.884
9. Chaz Mostert Walkinshaw Andretti United 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 Kelly Racing 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

Post-Race Penalties:

  • To be advised

Image via Tickford Racing

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