Jack Le Brocq took a maiden Supercars race win by saving all his soft tyres for the final race in Sydney, but says such a strategy hadn’t always been the plan.
The new format of having just two sets of softs, along with three hards, to spread across the three races opened the possibility of the much-talked about ‘all eggs in one basket’ approach.
Across the three races, Scott McLaughlin was the only driver to score a podium finish on anything other than the soft-soft strategy, which could be deployed only once.
Le Brocq used only hards on Saturday, qualifying 18th and finishing 16th, before managing 12th and seventh in the respective Sunday qualifying sessions, setting him up for a chance at two strong results.
“At the start of the weekend we were always going to write Saturday off with the hard tyres, that was always our plan to give us a better opportunity for Sunday,” Le Brocq explained.
“The plan wasn’t actually to put all the eggs in one basket for one race today but we had a bit of a bump and a bit of mischief at the start of Race 2 this morning, so we decided to put another set of hards on it and press on from there and it ended up working out alright.”
The “mischief” consisted of being nudged onto the grass as he tried to overtake a slow-starting Mark Winterbottom, costing the Supercheap Auto Ford three places.
Despite ending that race 16th, holding off Andre Heimgartner to win the finale meant Le Brocq finished sixth in the weekend’s points tally.