Le Brocq wins after final corner contact at Phillip Island
By Mat Coch
Wednesday 8th April, 2020 - 8:22pm
Jack Le Brocq has claimed victory in the second race of the BP Supercars All Stars Eseries race at Phillip Island after final corner contact with Anton De Pasquale resulted in a penalty for the Penrite Racing driver.
Le Brocq started second in the reverse grid affair, moving quickly into the lead which he held for much of the race.
A hard charging De Pasquale reeled the Supercheap Auto Mustang in before a frantic final lap battle resulted in contact which pitched race leader Le Brocq sideways almost within sight of the flag.
De Pasquale was able to scamper through and take the win, only to cop a post-race penalty.
Rick Kelly held pole courtesy of finishing the opening race six laps down, but lost out at the start.
Le Brocq moved into the lead, David Reynolds slotting into second from Mark Winterbottom in a somewhat more sedate start than the opening nine lap race had offered.
A moment for Lee Holdsworth left him banging doors with Kelly at MG, firing the Castrol Mustang off the road and down the order.
Shane van Gisbergen’s race came unstuck after he was engaged in a tussle at Turn 3 with Holdsworth and Will Davison.
The stricken Red Bull Holden Racing Team entry was then also tagged by Jack Smith, which fired van Gisbergen into the wall on the exit of Siberia.
Race 1 winner Scott McLaughlin opted to pit early, as did Anton De Pasquale, the pair rejoining in clear air.
Mostert stopped at the end of Lap 5, rejoining just ahead of De Pasquale who dived underneath the Walkinshaw Andretti United driver as they approached Turn 1.
Le Brocq pitted from the lead at the end of Lap 7, handing the lead to Coulthard as he rejoined fifth, just ahead of the De Pasquale/Mostert squabble.
Running long before serving their compulsory stops, Coulthard and Waters took to the lane with 11 of the 16 laps in the books.
It saw Coulthard rejoin eighth and Waters 12th as Le Brocq regained the lead from De Pasquale and Mostert.
As the laps ticked down De Pasquale edged his way towards leader Le Brocq, the margin less than a second with three tours remaining.
While that was happening ahead, Race 1 winner McLaughlin found himself battling Bryce Fullwood for fourth.
By the start of the final lap De Pasquale was shadowing Le Brocq for the lead, the pair almost making contact into the first corner.
There was precious little between the pair throughout, Le Brocq defending at Turn 3 and again at MG.
De Pasquale looked underneath at the final turn, pushing Le Brocq off line and seizing the lead to take the chequered flag first only to pick up a 30 second penalty.
Le Brocq crossed the line second by three tenths from Mostert while Fullwood held off McLaughlin.
The Top 10 was completed by Andre Heimgartner, Zane Goddard, Coulthard, and Nick Percat.
Results: Supercars All Stars Eseries, Race 2 (Unofficial)
|1||55||Jack Le Brocq||Supercheap Auto Racing||Ford Mustang||16 Laps|
|2||25||Chaz Mostert||Mobil 1 Appliances Online Racing||Holden Commodore ZB||+0.127s|
|3||2||Bryce Fullwood||Mobil 1 Middy’s Racing||Holden Commodore ZB||+2.300s|
|4||17||Scott McLaughlin||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Ford Mustang||+2.557s|
|5||7||Andre Heimgartner||NED Racing||Ford Mustang||+2.843s|
|6||34||Zane Goddard||Matt Stone Racing||Holden Commodore ZB||+18.413s|
|7||97||Shane van Gisbergen||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Holden Commodore ZB||+18.310s|
|8||12||Fabian Coulthard||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Ford Mustang||+19.678s|
|9||8||Nick Percat||Brad Jones Racing||Holden Commodore ZB||+19.748s|
|10||6||Cameron Waters||Monster Energy Racing||Ford Mustang||+22.316s|
|11||35||Garry Jacobson||Matt Stone Racing||Holden Commodore ZB||+22.917s|
|12||20||Scott Pye||Team 18||Holden Commodore ZB||+23.93s|
|13||99||Anton De Pasquale||Penrite Racing||Holden Commodore ZB||+29.626s|
|14||3||Macauley Jones||Team CoolDrive||Holden Commodore ZB||+35.370s|
|15||9||David Reynolds||Penrite Racing||Holden Commodore ZB||+40.962s|
|16||23||Will Davison||Milwaukee Racing||Ford Mustang||+41.178s|
|17||18||Mark Winterbottom||Irwin Racing||Holden Commodore ZB||+43.543s|
|18||22||Chris Pither||Team Sydney||Holden Commodore ZB||+51.812s|
|19||14||Todd Hazelwood||Brad Jones Racing||Holden Commodore ZB||+54.102s|
|20||88||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Holden Commodore ZB||+67.202s|
|21||4||Jack Smith||SCT Logistics||Holden Commodore ZB||+1 Laps|
|22||15||Rick Kelly||Castrol Racing||Ford Mustang||+1 Laps|
|23||5||Lee Holdsworth||Truck Assist Racing||Ford Mustang||+2 Laps|