15 SEP 2019
Truck Assist TEKNO Racing New Zealand Review
Truck Assist TEKNO Racing driver Jack Le Brocq had up and down weekend at Pukekohe Park Raceway in New Zealand, with his Sunday race one of many disrupted by an early race safety car intervention.
The event gave results of 21st and 23rd, although the team's improved Sunday pace went unrewarded.
"I love coming over here to New Zealand and racing at Pukekohe, it's an amazing track," said Le Brocq.
"Saturday was an interesting one, we just didn't have the speed, but it gave us a good direction to for Sunday.
"Today we were in a much better position, but we never had a chance to take advantage of it with the mess behind the safety car.
"We'll put it behind us, and now we're all eyes on the Enduro season; I can't wait to get to Bathurst."
The event commenced with three 30-minute-long practice sessions over Friday and Saturday morning, with mixed conditions in the opener seeing Le Brocq register the 15th fastest time, before placing 24th in the other sessions.
The 20-minute-long qualifying session for the opening race netted the 24th starting position, while in the race Le Brocq climbed up to 14th place when the safety car entered the circuit on lap 13 of 70.
Resuming in 19th place, the TEKNO Racing crew elected to run long in the second stint, with Le Brocq placed in third from laps 45 to 54, when he returned to the pits for his second service.
In the sprint to the chequered flag, the number 19 machine held station in 21st position.
After qualifying 24th on Sunday morning, Le Brocq made a solid start by moving forward two positions, with the most competitive car speed shown all weekend long.
With the field slowed under yellow flags to retrieve the stricken car of David Reynolds on lap 13 of 70, Le Brocq double stacked behind boom partner Mark Winterbottom.
In the subsequent confusion behind the safety car, Le Brocq found himself a lap down on race leader Scott McLaughlin in 21st place.
After stopping for the second time on lap 43, Le Brocq was in 23rd, where he remained until the finish.
Following the opening 24 races of season 2019, Le Brocq now sits 21st in the standings, with the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship now moving to the big one, the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, which is scheduled for October 10-13.