IT has been a tough 2019 campaign thus far for Jack LeBrocq, but he is hoping the unpredictable nature of the Bathurst 1000 will bring with it a change in fortune for Tekno Autosports.
Since winning the 2016 Bathurst 1000, Tekno Autosports has struggled for strong results.
LeBrocq placed 19th in his rookie season with the team last year and currently sits 21st in the 2019 drivers championship.
This Sunday will mark LeBrocq's fifth Bathurst tilt, while his experience co-driver will be tackling the 161-lap enduro for the 13th time.
They will not rank amongst the favourites, but LeBrocq says that the mountain can present opportunities to anyone.
"I think it has shown in the past that you don't have to qualify up the front, you've just got to make sure that you are there on the lead lap at the end of the race," LeBrocq said.
"Anything can happen, it's one of those crazy places, and if it starts raining during the race week, it would definitely spice things up.
"It's certainly an event I have been looking forward to, and I'd love to have another good result there."
LeBrocq came close to finishing on the podium with his best result of fourth in 2016, as well as seventh with Todd Kelly in 2017.
He also finished second in the Super2 series' Bathurst mini enduro race in 2017 on his way to finishing third in the championship that year.
While he has past Mount Panorama experience, LeBrocq still feels that driving lap after lap around the circuit and searching for improvements each time is very satisfying.
"You can never get enough laps around Bathurst. In the first practice session on your first flying lap it's fairly hairy across the top of the mountain, and then when you cross the finish line you're three seconds off the pace," LeBrocq said.
"I love that aspect of chipping away at it, I can't wait to roll out the gate for the first time."
Continuity for LeBrocq is valuable this year staying with Tekno for a second year running, and means he also holds a special bit of history being the only driver in this year's field to drive for Mercedes-AMG, Holden, Nissan and Ford.
"I think it's the first time since I started racing in Supercars that I've had the same team and car for two years in a row, so it's a bit of a weird feeling having half an idea of what to expect," LeBrocq said.
"I guess I'm lucky that I've driven that many different types of cars, because you always learn little bits from each one."
Continuity also comes in handy given that Sandown is no longer the Bathurst warm-up with the 500 being moved to November as the final round of the Enduro Cup.
Having experience in its driver line-up should help Tekno when the pressure is on.
"It's weird, it's going to be harder for all of the co-drivers, not a lot of them have done many laps, usually Sandown is the big warm up, where everyone can settle into their place," LeBrocq said.
"It's going to be interesting to see how those guys handle themselves, but I'm looking forward to that actually."
The 2019 Bathurst 1000 will commence at 11.30am on Sunday.