Erebus Motorsport’s Will Brown has won his first Supercars Championship race win in an action-packed sprint at Sydney Motorsport Park today. Meanwhile his teammate Brodie Kostecki claimed a best of ninth in today’s two races.
At the start, Will got away well from 4th on the grid and got by Jamie Whincup as Chaz Mostert also tried to make a move. Teammate Brodie made a superb start also and was quick to get past Scott Pye for 8th.
Brodie was one of the quickest cars on track and with the Boost Mobile car right on the pace, the team opted for Will to pit on lap 15. The Shaw and Partners Commodore took on two tyres only, before they quickly setup for Brodie the next lap.
With a nine-lap tyre overlap on Scott Pye in front, Will hunted down the #20 driver. Brodie was also in a similar position with Andre Heimgartner and got past him before catching up with his teammate.
Will passed Pye with 11 laps left to run, and Brodie wasn’t far behind, getting him five laps later. The two Erebus teammates were first and second of those on a two-tyre strategy and ultimately P8 and P9 at the end of 32-laps.
The team made magic in the final race of the day. Starting from the 4th on the grid, Will got a superb start and moved into third on the opening lap. Brodie, behind him, also moved up one spot to P6, though Nick Percat made sure the #99 driver had no space and ran him onto the gravel and back to P8.
Brodie pit at the end of lap 11 for two right-side tyres only, and Will came in the following lap with the team completing the fastest stop of the race with 2.7-seconds. Will used the clean air to his advantage and powered past Shane van Gisbergen as he re-joined the field, Will now the effective leader.
In the final laps of the race Will came under pressure from both Red Bulls though the rookie held them off as they collided into each other, trying to make an attack stick. Will crossed the line first, becoming the 13th youngest race winner in championship history and securing the team’s first win at Sydney. Behind him, Brodie drove well to secure a spot just outside the top ten in 11th.
The team now prepare for one last weekend in Sydney, with two 250-kilometre mini-marathons next weekend.