The SS Signs/Team TEKNO machine of Jack Le Brocq had tough weekend in the Top End, with a promising Sunday run at Hidden Valley Raceway curtailed by the outfit’s first non-finish of the season.

Battling for speed on new tyres all weekend in qualifying, Le Brocq had strong race pace on Saturday, climbing eight places to be classified 18th at the finish.

Sunday’s race saw Le Brocq in the heat of the opening lap battle, before contact resulted in steering damage and retirement to the pit lane.

“We got a good run off the start (on Sunday), but we were just in the wars,” said Le Brocq.

“We got pushed off at (turn) one and lost a couple of spots there, and at turn five, the same thing again, I got pushed off on the outside there – it was just one of those things.

“Then coming onto the straight, something happened between Todd (Hazelwood) and (Richie) Stanaway, they slowed up, then Andre (Heimgartner) just drilled the side of us, which ripped the steering rack out of it, and that was it.

“In qualifying, we just couldn’t get the new tyres to work… yesterday in the race we had good speed, which makes today all the more disappointing.”

The event started on a positive note for Le Brocq, who registered the 11thfastest time in the opening 45 minutes of practice on Friday, before settling for 24th in the later outing.

Finding new tyre pace proved to be an issue on Saturday morning, with both the final practice session and qualifying for race 15 netting 26th position.

Gaining two places on the opening tour of the 42 lap first race, Le Brocq pitted from ninth position on lap nine.

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With solid car pace in clear air, Le Brocq was trapped behind Chaz Mostert for an extended period, before settling for 18th at the chequered flag.

Sunday morning’s 20 minutes of qualifying saw Le Brocq register the 20thfastest time.

A hectic first lap saw Le Brocq on the receiving end of contact at turns one and five, with the car settling in 21st position, before contact on lap seven eventually relegated the car to the garage.

After 16 races of season 2018, Le Brocq is now placed in position 20th in the point standings, with the Championship set to continue on the streets of Townsville from July 6-8.

Thank you to TEKNO’s valued partners, with a special mention to SS Signs and Vehicle Wraps for joining us once again in Darwin.