Erebus Motorsport’s Will Brown has scored his maiden podium in a breathless race at Sydney Motorsport Park today, taking second after applying intense pressure to the leader in the closing stages.
Meanwhile his teammate Brodie Kostecki scored a best of fourth in the earlier race of the day, fighting hard to try make it a double podium.
When the lights when out, Brodie reacted well. From third on the grid, the Boost Mobile Holden moved past Anton De Pasquale on the front to take second before Turn 1. Will, however, didn’t get away as well though still managed to make up one spot from ninth before the end of the opening lap.
Will took his pit stop on lap 8, taking on right-hand side tyres only. It was a great stop by the crew, who then had another six laps before Brodie entered the lane on lap 14. They doubled down with another speedy stop, this time for four tyres, before Brodie re-emerged behind Will. The WD-40 pilot let his teammate through on lap 16, before Brodie immediately bettered Will’s fastest lap of the race.
The Erebus duo were on a mission and with Brodie on a decent set of rubber, he picked off his competitors one-by-one. Brodie got by Tim Slade for P4 on lap 20, before he set his eyes on the top three.
Brodie stalked De Pasquale for the next ten laps and finally fired it down at the last corner with just two laps remaining, though now behind Nick Percat, held onto P4.
It was a different story for Will though, who only opted to use two of his tyres for a better race in the afternoon. Will managed his tyres and his pace and finished 32-laps in a very respectable 12th. De Pasquale was later excluded, elevated Will to P11.
Starting from the front row for the second time this weekend, Will got a blistering start to go side-by-side with Anton De Pasquale through the first corners. Behind him, Brodie got away well and was fighting hard from P5.
It wasn’t an easy feat for Brodie tough, who was battling some big moves in the opening lap on some very worn rubber. He moved down the order fairly quickly and eager to take some newer tyres, Brodie pit at the end of lap 5 from P23 for four tyres. Will pushed his car a fair way further and pit at the end of lap 15 for his full set of rubber. A clean and quick stop the WD-40 Commodore re-join in effective third.
With just 1.3-seconds until Will Davison in front, the #9 driver got past on lap 17 before charging down De Pasquale. It was at that same time the field settled and showed Brodie’s position in P15.
Lapping over a second quicker than the leader, Will quickly chased down De Pasquale and had the gap down to less than half a second with six laps remaining. Will was right on his bumper and kept poking his nose in for an overtake. Unable to make a move stick, Will settled for a glorious second place, rounding out a fantastic weekend for the entire team.All Brodie could do was manage his recycled rubber until the end and finished his long run home to the checkered flag in P15.
Today’s results see Will jump his teammate in the points standings, with both Erebus drivers now 9th and 10th in the Driver’s Championship.
Racing resumes next weekend in Sydney with another three sprint races, two of which will be under lights.