Erebus Motorsport’s Will Brown has converted his maiden Super2 pole into victory at Mount Panorama today.
At lights out, the polesitter didn’t get the better start as Thomas Randle took the lead, followed by teammate Jordan Boys in the second Image Racing Commodore. It was far from over for Brown though as he lunged Randle down the outside into the Chase for the first time.
Both drivers traded fastest lap times as they continued their battle for the lead, and in the meantime created a huge gap back to Jordan in third.
Will put his head down and reeled in the race leader, getting the gap down to under 1-second with the gap to Jordan now over 7-seconds.
An intermittent issue for Randle saw Brown capitalise and take the lead on lap 11 and the #999 driver pulled away to take out the weekend’s opening race by almost 9-seconds. Jordan who took third at the checkered flag, making it a one-three for Image Racing and the Erebus Academy.
Will Brown was excited by the results, saying: “It was pretty exciting to get my first pole here with the Erebus Academy and Image Racing. Everyone has worked hard so it was good to get something back to the team.
“I got an average start, I got a good launch but bogged it towards the end, it’s quite hard here because it’s taller gear ratios so you’ve got to get it right. I had a good battle on the first lap but it’s quite hard to follow the Nissan’s, they throw out a lot of dirty air so it was hard to follow Randle over the top of the mountain. We were able to get past him in the end, we did have good pace and it’s good to get a win.
“We have narrowed down that Championship a little bit, but in the end I said we came here to win races and we won a race so that’s pretty cool.”
Will has now narrowed the margin to the Championship leader, with another qualifying and race to take place tomorrow.