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MSR immortalises maiden Supercars win

24 Jul
Race-winning bonnet MSR's latest memento
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Matt Stone Racing has immortalised its maiden Supercars victory by hanging the race-winning bonnet up in its workshop.

Jack Le Brocq won the betr Darwin Triple Crown finale from pole position — also MSR’s first — last month.

It was MSR’s first win in 172 attempts, with the team debuting in the main game as a wildcard with Todd Hazelwood in 2017.

The bonnet, which was on Le Brocq's #34 Truck Assist Camaro, is now a workshop memento at MSR’s Yatala headquarters.

The bonnet features Rhonda Sampson’s artwork as part of Indigenous Round, with the team signing it after the race.

The winning bonnet joins a number of other special mementos in the Stone family’s racing history, including the 1998 Bathurst 1000-winning bonnet.

Also on display are the bonnets from Bright’s return to SBR in 2009, Shane van Gisbergen’s final SBR race in 2012, and Hazelwood’s 2017 Super2 title-winning Commodore.

“You only win your first Supercars race once, so we’ve taken a memento from that, being the bonnet,” Stone said.

"It’s up in stone now and there to stay as a nice piece of wall art in the workshop.

"It’s good to recount the experience of that first race win and the thrill of being there in Darwin and everything involved.

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"The biggest thing that comes out of it is it makes us hungry for more and drives us to do it again.

"We want to keep the collection growing with a couple of spots reserved for the Bathurst win and and first Supercars Championship that, hopefully, aren’t too far away.”

Le Brocq is now readying for the next round in Sydney, where he took his first Supercars victory in 2020 for Tickford Racing.

"It’s pretty special to have the first win for MSR in the Supercars Championship and then have all the boys sign the bonnet that actually won the race in Darwin," he said.

"To get it up on the wall there with all these other bonnets full of history from the SBR days, it’s pretty cool.

"That day in Darwin was awesome, definitely unreal — I’m still pinching myself even now. It happened five or six weeks ago now and it still feels like it's still in the present time.

"Heading into Sydney this weekend it would be awesome to be able to get another one and keep adding to the list.

"It’s only the start, and I think we’ve got a lot install for the future."

The 2023 Repco Supercars Championship will resume at the Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight on July 28-30. Tickets are on sale now.

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