Jamie Whincup’s record-breaking Holden team have been upstaged at Bathurst 1000 practice by a young driver with a surname which bears a close resemblance to one of the all-time greats of Australian motorsport.
Ford’s rising star Jack Le Brocq did his best Peter Brock impersonation by shocking the field and topping the timesheets in 2min 05.9547 seconds in the co-drivers-only session.
Fabian Coulthard’s Ford teammate Luke Youlden was second fastest ahead of Whincup’s co-driver Paul Dumbrell.
Le Brocq cops plenty of ribbing about his name at Mount Panorama, with the running joke that he is Brock’s French cousin.
This weekend’s Bathurst 1000 will honour the 10th anniversary of record nine-time Mount Panorama champion Brock’s death.
“It is a pretty cool feeling,” 24-year-old Le Brocq said of his practice effort.
“I am still trying to learn the car and work it out, I still have a bit of work to do.”
Le Brocq is stepping up from the second-tier Dunlop Series and forms the youngest driving combination at this year’s Bathurst 1000 with 22-year-old Cam Waters.
He is yet to secure a full-time Supercars drive next season but did his chances no harm by turning heads on Friday.
“That is not luck, that is great driving,” six-time Bathurst winner Mark Skaife told Fox Sports.
Le Brocq upstaged Whincup’s Holden team who sent an ominous warning by dominating all three of Thursday’s practice sessions in record style.
Four-time winner Whincup on Thursday clocked the fastest practice lap in Bathurst history and third all-time quickest on the mountain in 2:05.29.
“It’s only early days but we are on track,” Whincup said.