Dunlop Series drivers Jack Le Brocq and Garry Jacobson are determined not to let a hot intra-team rivalry affect the friendship the two have developed over the years.
Both are battling for the series title and hoping to crack full-time seats in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, after growing up racing alongside one another.
The Prodrive Racing Australia young guns have taken control of the 2016 Supercars Dunlop Series, both sitting on 712 points in the title race with four events to go.
The pair of drivers share a healthy team relationship and respect that the other is there to win. The competitiveness actually helps them strive to do better, Jacobson says.
“You can’t grow as a driver unless you are getting pushed,” Jacobson told supercars.com.
“Whoever is faster on the day will get the results and they are the more deserving driver on that day.
“If I win the race it’s good for the team and if I don’t have as good a day and Jack wins the race, that just shows that our team is great with what they are doing.”
The pair met about eight years ago when they both started racing Formula Ford and have been friends since. They have even raced in the same squad before.
“We got along really well from the start because we are similar in nature and we like to work for everything that we have got,” said Jacobson.
“We did the CAMS Rising Stars team together with Minda Motorsport and we have always pushed each other at fitness camps, at the AIS together, on bikes together in Thailand with Prodrive Racing Team, and nothing has really changed.
“I think that this year we have raced smart together as well, we haven’t done anything stupid to affect any of our Championship results.”
Le Brocq acknowledged last round in Perth just how tight the points and competition was. After a slow start to the year, his GoGetta Racing Falcon is back in the fight with four rounds remaining.
“It is a little bit difficult battling a teammate – going back after every session and you have each other’s data and know what each other is doing,” Le Brocq told supercars.com.
“We have a great relationship and we share a lot of stuff so it’s all open book.”