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KOSTECKI BROTHERS RACING
A taste of the main game has given Kurt food for
thought, but he remains focussed on this year’s Dunlop
“I think we want to focus on the DVS program at the
moment and getting the most out of that,” he says.
“But definitely next year has come up in conversation a
lot recently... we’re still fighting for a good spot in the
championship, so we just want to keep that going.”
While Kurt and Brodie manage operations of the race
team from Meadowbrook, Jake is based at the family
business in Perth, which manufactures wear plates for
the mining industry.
While the younger Kostecki brother remains focused
on his racing career, he’s sought to add to his expertise
outside the car in 2018.
“I’m doing a marketing course, first year, just for a
little bit of back-up I guess,” he says. “It’s always going to
help from the team perspective... we’re always going to
need to find sponsors, to develop our brand, our name
and to help build more of a following so we can get the
cars onto the track. I’ve developed an interest in it to
help me in motorsport and in the family business.”
On track, Jake has found himself battling in the mid-
pack this season, while Kurt and cousin Brodie fight
towards the front.
“Kurt and Brodie are driving excellently at the
moment,” he says. “But also they’ve been to America
and have done a lot of stock-car racing, so they’ve got
a lot of knowledge about these cars and how to make
Kurt and Brodie also have an advantage in that their
days are spent thinking about the race team and prepar-
ing the cars from the team’s Brisbane base.
“They’ve got a lot of knowledge to make these cars fast
off the track before they even hit the track,” he says. “I’m
trying to learn as much as I can and copy them but when
the race meeting comes I’ve got to be on it. I’ve got to
be the best that I can because they are already making
steps forward and I’ve fallen back a bit, but I’ll get there.
“I want to be at the top of Supercars. I want to be fight-
ing with the top guys which is hopefully my brother and
cousin as well. We’ll see what happens.”
Kurt and Jake’s cousin, Brodie, has adapted quickly
to Supercars, fighting for wins in just his second season
and his first under the KRB banner. After a debut season
with established squad Matt Stone Racing in an older
model Falcon last year, the switch has yielded instant
success, with Brodie scoring regular podiums this
The Perth native puts the quick transition down to
the time he spent in the US, which included three USAC
Ford Focus Series national championships, wins in late-
model stock cars and top-five finishes in the NASCAR
K&N Pro Series.
“I went over to America at a very young age,” he says.
“I raced a lot and over there; racing is like a lifestyle. You
race week in, week out, there is no break. You race for 50
weeks of the year. I got to run a lot of laps and experience
different things. I think that’s been a bit of a key to me
running where I am this early on.”
The battle between Kurt and Brodie has been close
this season, with both boys pushing inside the top five
in the championship. He was also quick not to rule Jake
out of the mix.
“I think we all push each other to a certain level,”
he says. “We’ve always pushed each other from a very
young age. Kurt and Jake are I are very competitive in
everything that we do. We know why we are here and
it’s definitely not a competition between ourselves, it’s
a competition with other competitors out on the track.
So we all work very close together and we’re trying to
make our team better. We spend a lot of time together
and I’m having a lot of fun doing it with them.”
Like his cousins, Brodie has main-game aspirations
and believes it is possible for the KBR operation to make
“If the opportunity did present itself and we had eve-
rything in place to move up, I’d say that we do have the
capabilities to do that,” he says.
“I think you can do that as a family operation. But
you need some sort of peer support from a big team,
you can’t really go in to Supercars these days and do it
TOP & ABOVE: Kurt Kostecki
has gone from mechanic
at Triple Eight Race
Engineering to driving one
of its cars in Supercars.
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