Sydney Supercars: Le Brocq wins four-way thriller

Jack Le Brocq took his first Supercars win after a thrilling four-way battle at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Sydney Supercars: Le Brocq wins four-way thriller

The Tickford Racing driver found himself in contention for the win after saving his two sets of soft tyres, however it still didn't come easy.

Andre Heimgartner, Todd Hazelwood and David Reynolds all did likes, the foursome staging a thrilling battle for victory in the second stint as they all crossed the line within 1.4s of each other.

Le Brocq initially ran fourth in the opening stint of the race, before passing Mark Winterbottom to move into third shortly before the stops.

He then used an undercut to get by early leaders Heimgartner and Reynolds, stopping on Lap 11, a lap earlier than the others, allowing him to sneak into the lead.

It was hardly job done for Le Brocq, however; he was never able to properly shake Heimgartner, while Reynolds was a little more patient on his second tyre set, which brought him into the game in the final third of the race.

Further complicating the run home was a hard-charging Todd Hazelwood, who found himself in the thick of the lead battle for the last few laps.

That ultimately worked in Le Brocq's favour, the chaotic battle for second allowing him to break by just six-tenths on the final lap to secure his first Supercars victory.

"I don't know, it hasn't really sunk in yet," he said when asked how the win felt. 

"I don't really know what to feel at the moment.

"Andre kept me honest the whole time. I could see Davey was catching us, obviously he was playing a longer game. 

"I probably used a bit too much of my tyre on that first lap out the gate, just to try and undercut these guys. The last five laps I was in trouble, I was just hanging on. I got to the end somehow."

Heimgartner came home second, while Todd Hazelwood barged past Reynolds just four corners from home to snare his first Supercars podium.

Team 18 pair Scott Pye and Mark Winterbottom were best of the rest in fifth and sixth, followed by Bryce Fullwood, Jamie Whincup, Chaz Mostert and Zane Goddard.

Kiwi trio Shane van Gisbergen, Fabian Coulthard and Scott McLaughlin came home 12th, 13th and 14th after struggling through the race on hard tyres.

Van Gisbergen actually made decent ground from his 22nd starting spot, while McLaughlin tried a set of used softs for the first stint that saw him plummet back through the field.

However he's still emerged from the SMP weekend with a very healthy championship lead, the gap now 107 points over Whincup.

Supercars Sydney Supersprint - Race 3 results:

Cla # Driver Car Gap
1 55 Australia Jack Le Brocq Ford Mustang GT  
2 7 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner Ford Mustang GT 0.621
3 14 Australia Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 0.812
4 9 Australia David Reynolds Holden Commodore ZB 1.490
5 20 Australia Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 8.624
6 18 Australia Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 12.808
7 2 Australia Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 14.162
8 88 Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore ZB 14.884
9 25 Australia Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 24.174
10 34 Australia Zane Goddard Holden Commodore ZB 28.601
11 8 Australia Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 46.567
12 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 53.440
13 12 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard Ford Mustang GT 54.548
14 17 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin Ford Mustang GT 58.598
15 5 Australia Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 1'04.245
16 44 Australia James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 1'08.204
17 15 Australia Rick Kelly Ford Mustang GT 1'09.427
18 6 Australia Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 1'11.225
19 99 Australia Anton De Pasquale Holden Commodore ZB 1'11.566
20 19 Australia Alex Davison Holden Commodore ZB 1'12.325
21 4 Australia Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 1'13.313
22 22 New Zealand Chris Pither Holden Commodore ZB 1'16.947
23 3 Australia Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 1'17.150
24 35 Australia Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore ZB 1'22.180
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