Dunlop Series driver and Erebus Motorsport graduate Jack Le Brocq will make his V8 Supercars debut in the Pirtek Enduro Cup this season alongside Ash Walsh in the #4 Erebus Motorsport entry.
22-year-old Le Brocq has been part of the Erebus Academy young driver program since 2013, competing in Formula 3, the Australian GT Championship and the Dunlop Series over the past 18 months.
Le Brocq will gain valuable seat time in the Erebus Motorsport V8 Supercar at the various co-driver practice rounds this year alongside his Dunlop Series commitments with Matthew White Motorsport.and his regular drive in the Australian GT Championship alongside experienced campaigner Justin McMillan in a new Camaro GT3.
Having previously tested the Erebus Motorsport V8 Supercar on several occasions, Le Brocq said he was excited to be receiving his first professional drive for the team.
“I’m still pinching myself to be honest and can’t thank everyone enough at Erebus for giving me this opportunity,” said Le Brocq.
“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.”
Team owner Betty Klimenko said it was rewarding to witness Le Brocq’s progress and see the first Erebus Academy graduate step up into the team’s V8 Supercar.
“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,” said Klimenko.
“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 Will and Alex Davison so I’m really excited about this year’s enduros.”
Walsh, who made his own debut with Dick Johnson Racing in 2013, said it was great to see another young driver getting an opportunity in V8 Supercars.
“Jack first moved into Formula Ford when I was on my way out so I’ve known him for a few years and we’ve always got along well so it’s obviously a positive to have a good relationship with your co-driver,” said Walsh.
“It’s good to see Jack get the opportunity as I know from my own experience how hard it is for young drivers to get their first gig in the main game.
“It’s all thanks to Betty and the Erebus Academy program she’s set up so congrats to her for following through with it all.
“It’s good to be racing with someone like Jack, he’s done lots of kilometres in the Development Series and has been going well. For me, it’s really important to have a driver that getting lots of miles and to be race ready when the enduros come around.”
Ahead of the Perth event, Erebus Motorsport will be at Queensland Raceway utilising one of the allocated rookie test days, running the engine upgrade package debuted by team-mate Davison at the Australian Grand Prix and Tasmania events.