03 MAR 2019
Truck Assist TEKNO Racing Adelaide Report
Truck Assist TEKNO Racing driver Jack Le Brocq had a learning weekend to kick off his 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars campaign at the Superloop Adelaide 500.
The two 250km long races, held in extreme heat, saw the TEKNO Commodore cross the finish line with results of 20th and 21st.
"It was a tough day for us here in Adelaide on Sunday," said Jack Le Brocq.
"We didn't quite have all of the luck that we needed, but we made it to the finish both days, we survived, it was a little bit warm, but much nicer heat wise today.
"It was my first weekend together with my new engineer (Tim Newton), so it's good to have a whole event now under our belt.
"I'm looking forward to getting to the Australian Grand Prix, the guys did a great job all weekend, and I'm looking forward to progressing throughout the year."
The weekend opened with a sole twilight practice session on Thursday evening, with Le Brocq setting the 15th fastest time.
Friday morning's twin 30-minute-long practice sessions saw a focus on longer race runs, resulting in the 24th and 23rd fastest time in the respective outings.
Qualifying for the opening race unfortunately only netted the 23rd fastest time, with overnight work elevating the car to 12th in the final practice session on Saturday morning.
In the opening segment of race one, Le Brocq pitted for the first time on lap 16 from 13th position, while he made his way up to ninth by the time of the second service on lap 48.
With the 78-lap race running safety car free, Le Brocq held station to the chequered flag, eventually being classified in 20th place.
Sunday morning's 20-minutes of qualifying for the second race saw the Team TEKNO machine register the 22nd best time.
Running a long strategy from the start, Le Brocq managed to climb his way into sixth position with solid early pace.
Unfortunately, the car ground to a halt on track on lap 24, necessitating a safety car while it was returned to the pits.
With the Commodore running a couple of laps down on the leaders, Le Brocq came home in 21st.
Following the opening event of season 2019, Le Brocq currently sits 22nd in the standings, with the Championship continuing in two weekend's time at the Australian Grand Prix on the streets of Albert Park in Melbourne.