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Formula Ford Champ To Make Aussie Racing Car Debut On The Gold Coast
Posted by: newsla on Oct 12, 2012 - 06:30 AM
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Formula Ford Champ To Make Aussie Racing Car Debut On The Gold Coast


Newly crowned Australian Formula Ford Champion, Jack LeBrocq will join Erebus Motorsport’s FW1 Aussie Racing Car campaign next weekend on the Gold Coast, where he will slot in alongside Gold Coast born and bred Josh Hunt for the support category at the Armor All Gold Coast 600, October 19-21.

 

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20-year-old Victorian, LeBrocq, won every race at Bathurst in the Formula Ford Championship and created a rare honour in such a competitive formula - winning the Championship with a round to go for the CAMS Rising Star/Minda Motorsport team.

He’s raced around Surfers Paradise over the last two seasons in the open-wheel category - winning the round there last year - but this will be his Aussie Racing Car debut.

Hunt returns to racing on the Gold Coast beachside circuit for the first time since 2006. Ironically, it was an Aussie Racing Car there he raced as well.

On that weekend set the pole time in a field that included last year’s Bathurst champion, Nick Percat among 30-plus others, despite having never visited the circuit or driven one of the nimble Aussie Racers.

Back in the mid-2000s after an international karting career, Hunt was part of the Kevin Kalkhoven-owned ‘Team Australia’ in the Toyota Atlantics category in North America. The Team Australia ChampCar team, headed up by Will Power generated unprecedented scenes on the streets of Surfers Paradise around that same time.

Earlier this year, Hunt raced in the Erebus Motorsport Aussie Racer at the Sucrogen Townsville 400, which gave him valuable track time and experience back in the category ahead of this weekend.

One of the toughest competitions for Hunt is likely to come from his team-mate. The lanky LeBrocq is widely regarded as one of the leading young talents in Australian motorsport. Coming in high on confidence and with no Championship to worry about, the young Victorian can relax and enjoy the Gold Coast event.

The level headed youngster was quick to warn that he is well aware of a Championship being at stake in Aussie Racing Cars and he’ll be ensuring, as a ‘one-off driver’, not to impact on that.

The FW1 Aussie Racing Cars Series will have three races on the streets of Surfers Paradise and is the only category to have a race on Friday afternoon.

Erebus Motorsport will also field two SLS AMG GT3s in the Australian GT Championship - which it currently leads with Peter Hackett. Recently crowned FIA GT1 World Team Champion, Thomas Jager will join Hackett in the chromed Gullwings.

DRIVER QUOTE BOARD:

Josh Hunt - #62 Erebus Motorsport Aussie Racing Car:

“Returning to Surfers Paradise in an Aussie Racing Car for Erebus Motorsport is something that will be a lot of fun, especially as I’ll be back home and catching up with plenty of people.

“Although the circuit has been shortened, the heart of soul of the Surfers Paradise street track is the backstraight chicane and the run through Main Beach - and they are still there.

“To me, it has very similar traits to Long Beach both in the way you have to attack the circuit and the atmosphere from the crowd. You can’t make a mistake and hope to get away with it, or back off the throttle anywhere. The nature of the circuit, the barriers and the chicanes force you to press on right the way around.

“Having someone with Jack's talent join the Series for this round should really keep everyone on their toes. He's a talented young guy and with what he has achieved this year should enter the weekend with a lot of enthusiasm.

"It will be something that I'll be feeding off of and will ensure that we're both pushing each other all the way.”

Jack LeBrocq - #63 Erebus Motorsport Aussie Racing Car:

“I have raced on the current Gold Coast circuit for the last two years in Formula Ford and won the round last year, so although I haven’t raced an Aussie Racing Car before, I know the circuit well,” said LeBrocq.

“I’m really excited to be joining the Erebus Motorsport team, they have shown they are on the move in Australian motorsport so to represent them is a huge honour.

“The Aussie Racing Car Series always delivers full on racing so to be in the middle of that will be fun - and not having a Championship to worry about means I can enjoy the weekend on the Gold Coast.

“Having Josh and all of his experience over many years alongside will be good for me, I’m sure we’ll push each other for the entire weekend.

“The Surfers Paradise event is one of the most enjoyable on the calendar, there is always plenty happening around the precinct and everyone is there for a good time in great weather.

“To get a good result here will be a nice addition to what I’ve done so far in 2012. To win the Formula Ford Championship was exactly what we were aiming for, but to do it at Bathurst, winning all three races, particularly with a round to go was very special.”

Erebus Motorsport Gold Coast 600 Aussie Racing Cars Statistics Package:
Circuit: Surfers Paradise Street Circuit
Circuit Length: 2.96km
Lap Record: N/A - Aussie Racing Cars debut on new circuit layout

TIMETABLE:
All times Queensland time (-1 hour Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time)

Friday, October 19, 2012

Practice 1: 0750-0810 - 20 minutes
Qualifying: 1105-1125 - 20 minutes
Race 1: 1705-1725 - 20 minutes

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Race 2: 1020-1040 - 20 minutes

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Race 3: 1200-1220 - 20 minutes

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