Jack LeBrocq sealed the Formula Ford round win with victory in the category’s third and final race at the 2012 Formula 1 QANTAS Australian Grand Prix.
LeBrocq, who finished second in the 2011 championship, started the weekend with a Race 1 win and second in Race 2 at Albert Park. On Sunday, he made it a pair of wins to take out the 2012 season opener.
LeBrocq moved into the lead at the race start and was never headed, despite pressure from Race 2 victor Mathew Hart and Garry Jacobson. As the laps ticked down, Hart stepped up his attack, only to encounter brake problems and overshoot at Turn 11 with two laps to go and drop from second to fifth.
That eased LeBrocq’s path to the finish, and he led home Jacobson.
“It was a great feeling, being up on the podium in front of the crowd,” LeBrocq said.
“Winning the round is a fantastic way to start the season. After finishing second last year, what we want to do is come back here and win the championship this year.
“Obviously winning the first round is a good start. We’ve got seven more rounds, so we’ll see how we go from here.”
Hart eventually finished the race in fifth position, but was second for the round, having claimed his maiden pole position and race win during the weekend.
“The car was coming on strongly and I had just got onto the back of Jack when the front brakes failed,” Hart said of his final race drama.
“For the rest of the race I had to change down gears to slow the car into corners but I got it home.”
Second in Race 3 gave Jacobson the final spot on the round podium, while Jonathan Venter was third to be an impressive fourth for the weekend, in just his second start in the national championship.
Sam Power was fourth in the final race ahead of team-mates Hart and Liam Sager. Debutant Scott Andrews grabbed seventh, ahead of Simon Hodge, Rhett Noonan and Ash Quiddington.
The Australian Formula Ford Championship continues in Tasmania in a fortnight.