WPS Racing has been saddened by the news of the untimely death of Australian racing icon Peter Brock.

Brock played an integral part in the early years of team driver Jason Bargwanna's career.

Bargwanna celebrated his tenth year in V8 Supercars last weekend at Sandown in Melbourne. During his first year of V8 competition in 1997, the Melbourne based driver turned out with the Holden Young Lions outfit, where he was continually mentored in the art of competitive driving by Brock. The ongoing, valuable advice received assisted Bargwanna to marshal his way through his formative years in Australia's leading motorsport category.

"Peter played a significant role in the beginning of my career, offering some great advice when I was trying to break into V8 Supercars," said Bargwanna.

"Peter played a mentor role for several years during the late 90s and I'm extremely grateful for everything which he assisted me with during my career.

"When things were tough he always had an attitude to look on the brighter side and had zest for life that I don't think will ever be seen again.

"His record behind the wheel speaks for itself with so many wins at Bathurst and three touring car championships, but unfortunately this is a reminder of how dangerous our sport is.

"I can't remember going to a Bathurst race without seeing Peter, whether as a spectator or a driver. The place just won't be the same anymore."

Former Bathurst polesitter, and now WPS Racing team principal, Mark Larkham was another of young driver Brock helped through the infancy of his career.

"Like many young drivers, Peter took the time out with me when I was looking to get a start in my career," said Larkham.

"After I won the Australian Formula Ford Championship he personally helped me try and further my career overseas and also gave me a break in his Mobil Sierra in 1989, an opportunity I'll always be grateful for.

"Peter has been the face of Australian motorsport for more than three decades. Whilst we are all deeply saddened by his passing, his impact and stature as the Australian motor sport icon I believe will remain unchallenged."

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