William Brown (born 5 June 1998) is an Australian racing driver currently competing in the Repco Supercars Championship with Erebus Motorsport, driving the No. 9 Holden ZB Commodore.[1] In 2017, Brown received the Mike Kable Young Gun Award, and was also awarded The Peter Brock Medal by the Confederation of Australian Motorsport (CAMS) for his outstanding year in racing.

With championship wins in both the Australian Formula 4 and the Australian Toyota Racing Series in 2016, Brown became one of only five drivers in Australian motorsport history to achieve two national racing titles in one year.

Early career

Karting

Brown started his career in karting in 2011 at the age of thirteen. He won numerous championships in his junior years and had an 80% win rate. He moved up the ranks and competed in the inaugural CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship in 2015 with team BRM.[1]

Formula 4

On the back of his karting form, Brown was signed by AGI Sport to race in the inaugural FIA Formula 4 Australia Championship and claimed victory in the first ever race. Brown was a championship contender for the Formula 4 championship in 2015, winning 3 of the 15 races that season. He finished third overall and crowned Rookie of the Year after his impressive debut.

In 2016, he signed with BRM and recorded six race wins and 12 podiums from 18 races to be crowned Formula 4 Australia Champion. Brown took the title with one round and one race remaining after a controversial race in Tasmania, where he was involved in a collision with rivals Nick Rowe and Jordan Love.

Formula Ford

Brown competed in the 2016 Australian Formula Ford Championship. Despite missing the first three rounds due to a date clash with Formula 4, Brown would go on to secure P2 in the 2016 championship, with multiple wins and podiums.

Toyota 86 Racing Series

Brown also competed in the one-make Australian Toyota 86 Racing Series in 2016, claiming the Series Title in a field of 39 drivers. With championship wins in both the Australian Formula 4 and the Australian Toyota Racing Series in 2016, Brown became one of only five drivers in Australian motorsport history to achieve two national racing titles in one year.

Professional career

Super2 Series

For the 2017 racing season, Brown was picked up by Eggleston Motorsport to replace the outgoing Liam McAdam.[2][3] He scored a best finish of 3rd at Symmons Plains and was on course to win the final race of the season in Newcastle before blowing a gearbox. He finished ninth in the championship overall.

TCR Series

In 2019 we drove in the new TCR Australia Touring Car Series. He was crowned champion with one round remaining.[4]

2020 Junior Driver Program

In 2020 Hyundai Motorsport named Brown in the 2020 Junior Driver Program as one of four drivers who will race Hyndai Motorsport TCR cars in some of the leading championships in the category. Outside of Europe, Will Brown will represent the Customer Racing Junior Driver Program. Brown dominated the inaugural Australian TCR season with 7 wins in his debut driving TCR cars. He remains with HMO Customer Racing team to defend his title.[5]

Erebus Motorsport

2018

Brown was named as a Supercars Endurance Cup co-driver, partnering Anton de Pasquale with Erebus Motorsport, where he immediately showed his elite driving ability throughout the 3 race series. He continued to make solid progress in his Dunlop Super2 Series landing P6 in the 2018 Driver’s Championship with Eggleston Motorsport

2019

Again partnering with Anton de Pasquale at Erebus Motorsport in the Supercars championship, Brown’s talent was on show finishing P2 behind Craig Lowndes and ahead of Garth Tander in the Co-driver Race, taking his first podium in the series. Furthermore, Brown also accepted a drive in the inaugural S5000 series, competing alongside former Ferrari F1 legend Rubens Barrichello.

2020

Brown began 2020 with a multi year signing with Penrite Racing, that would see him compete in the Virgin Australia Supercars series as a co-driver to David Reynolds in 2020, before becoming a full time driver for the team from 2021. The Supercars Enduro Cup was reduced to a single race at Bathurst for 2020, where Brown and Reynolds finished P15 due to engine issues.

2021

Brown performed strongly in his first full-time Supercars season, achieving his first Supercars podium with second place in Race 22 at Sydney Motorsport. He went on to score a maiden Armor All Pole Position the next weekend, starting in P1 for Race 23 - again at Sydney Motorsport Park - but had to wait until Race 28 to claim his first Supercars race win. A stunning drive saw the Red Bull Australia drivers pressure Brown, but he held his nerve for become the 82nd driver to win an ATCC/Supercars race. He is the first rookie driver to win a Supercars race since 2013, when Scott McLaughlin and Chaz Mostert both took victories in their first full-time season.

Business career

In 2021, Brown partnered with fellow Supercars driver David Reynolds to create the Cartopia platform, with the goal to create a better car sales experience for both dealers and consumers. Launching in January 2021, Cartopia offers online vehicle search and purchasing via its website.

Career results

Season Series Position Vehicle Team
2014 Australian Junior National Light Kart Championship 2nd
Australian Junior Clubman Kart Championship 3rd
2015 Australian Formula 4 Championship 3rd Mygale F4 - Ford AGI Sport
Australian Formula Ford Series 9th Mygale SJ12A - Ford Race Academy
2016 Australian Formula 4 Championship 1st Mygale F4 - Ford Team BRM
Australian Formula Ford Series 2nd Mygale SJ12A - Ford BF Racing
Victorian Formula Ford Championship 4th Mygale SJ12A - Ford Race Academy
Australian Toyota 86 Racing Series 1st Toyota 86 GT Will Brown Motorsport
Mazda Road to Indy Shootout 6th Ray GR-RSC Lucas Oil School of Racing
2017 Dunlop Super2 Series 9th Holden VF Commodore Eggleston Motorsport
2018 Dunlop Super2 Series 6th Holden VF Commodore Eggleston Motorsport
Supercars Championship 45th Holden ZB Commodore Erebus Motorsport
2019 Dunlop Super2 Series 12th Holden VF Commodore Eggleston Motorsport
TCR Australia 1st Hyundai i30 N TC HMO Customer Racing
Virgin Australia Supercars Championship 41st Holden ZB Commodore Erebus Motorsport
Australian S5000 Championship N/C Ligier - Ford Coyote V8 Eggleston Motorsport
2020 Super2 Series 2nd Holden VF Commodore Image Racing
Virgin Australia Supercars Championship 40th Holden ZB Commodore Erebus Motorsport
2021 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship 8th Holden ZB Commodore Erebus Motorsport

* Season still in progress.

Complete Super2 Series results

(key) (Round results only), (2020 Race results only)

Super2 Series results
Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Position Points
2017 Eggleston Motorsport Holden VF Commodore ADE
6
SYM
6
PHI
7
TOW
9
SYD
8
SAN
5
BAT
8
NEW
17
9th 1078
2018 Eggleston Motorsport Holden VF Commodore ADE
4
SYM
8
BAR
17
TOW
9
SAN
14
BAT
13
NEW
3
6th 1068
2019 Eggleston Motorsport Holden VF Commodore ADE
13
BAR
3
TOW
14
QLD
11
BAT
Ret
SAN
2
NEW
13
12th 960
2020 Image Racing Holden VF Commodore ADE
3
ADE
3
ADE
2
SYD
1
SYD
4
BAT
1
BAT
3
2nd 813

TCR Australia results

TCR Australia results
Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Position Points
2019 HMO Customer Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR SMP
R1

3
SMP
R2

1
SMP
R3

1
PHI
R4

2
PHI
R5

2
PHI
R6

1
BEN
R7

2
BEN
R8

1
BEN
R9

5
QLD
R10

16
QLD
R11

10
QLD
R12

8
WIN
R13

2
WIN
R14

1
WIN
R15

1
SAN
R16

2
SAN
R17

7
SAN
R18

7
BEN
R19

1
BEN
R20

2
BEN
R21

3
1st 743
2022 Melbourne Performance Centre Audi RS 3 LMS TCR (2017) SYM
R1

7
SYM
R2

4
SYM
R3

13
PHI
R4

18
PHI
R5

7
PHI
R6

2
BAT
R7

4
BAT
R8

10
BAT
R9

7
SMP
R10

Ret
SMP
R11

10
SMP
R12

6
QLD
R13

8
QLD
R14

2
QLD
R15

4
SAN
R16

2
SAN
R17

3
SAN
R18

1
BAT
R19

BAT
R20

BAT
R21

3rd 455

Supercars Championship results

Supercars results
Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 34 35 Position Points
2018 Erebus Motorsport Holden ZB Commodore ADE
R1
ADE
R2
MEL
R3
MEL
R4
MEL
R5
MEL
R6
SYM
R7
SYM
R8
PHI
R9
PHI
R10
BAR
R11
BAR
R12
WIN
R13

PO
WIN
R14

PO
HID
R15
HID
R16
TOW
R17
TOW
R18
QLD
R19

PO
QLD
R20

PO
SMP
R21
BEN
R22
BEN
R23
SAN
QR

12
SAN
R24

12
BAT
R25

24
SUR
R26

Ret
SUR
R27

C
PUK
R28
PUK
R29
NEW
R30
NEW
R31
49th 204
2019 Erebus Motorsport Holden ZB Commodore ADE
R1
ADE
R2
MEL
R3
MEL
R4
MEL
R5
MEL
R6
SYM
R7

PO
SYM
R8

PO
PHI
R9
PHI
R10
BAR
R11
BAR
R12
WIN
R13
WIN
R14
HID
R15
HID
R16
TOW
R17
TOW
R18
QLD
R19
QLD
R20
BEN
R21

PO
BEN
R22

PO
PUK
R23
PUK
R24
BAT
R25

Ret
SUR
R26

11
SUR
R27

8
SAN
QR

2
SAN
R28

10
NEW
R29
NEW
R30
41st 338
2020 Erebus Motorsport Holden ZB Commodore ADE
R1
ADE
R2
MEL
R3
MEL
R4
MEL
R5
MEL
R6
SMP1
R7
SMP1
R8
SMP1
R9
SMP2
R10
SMP2
R11
SMP2
R12
HID1
R13
HID1
R14
HID1
R15
HID2
R16
HID2
R17
HID2
R18
TOW1
R19
TOW1
R20
TOW1
R21
TOW2
R22
TOW2
R23
TOW2
R24
BEN1
R25
BEN1
R26
BEN1
R27
BEN2
R28
BEN2
R29
BEN2
R30
BAT
R31

15
40th 120
2021 Erebus Motorsport Holden ZB Commodore BAT
R1

16
BAT
R2

14
SAN
R3

16
SAN
R4

16
SAN
R5

7
SYM
R6

9
SYM
R7

5
SYM
R8

15
BEN
R9

11
BEN
R10

13
BEN
R11

24
HID
R12

4
HID
R13

8
HID
R14

10
TOW
R15

18
TOW
R16

5
TOW2
R17

10
TOW2
R18

Ret
TOW2
R19

12
SYD1
R20

5
SYD1
R21

11
SYD1
R22

2
SYD2
R23

11
SYD2
R24

6
SYD2
R25

6
SYD3
R26

3
SYD3
R27

8
SYD3
R28

1
SYD4
R29

7
SYD4
R30

C
BAT
R31

20
8th 1838
2022 Erebus Motorsport Holden ZB Commodore SMP
R1

7
SMP
R2

8
SYM
R3

13
SYM
R4

12
SYM
R5

15
MEL
R6

17
MEL
R7

23
MEL
R8

24
MEL
R9

8
BAR
R10

17
BAR
R11

Ret
BAR
R12

5
WIN
R13

27
WIN
R14

6
WIN
R15

5
HID
R16

Ret
HID
R17

20
HID
R18

7
TOW
R19

11
TOW
R20

19
BEN
R21

20
BEN
R22

7
BEN
R23

6
SAN
R24

4
SAN
R25

3
SAN
R26

11
PUK
R27

19
PUK
R28

Ret
PUK
R29

DNS
BAT
R30

SUR
R31

SUR
R32

NEW
R33

NEW
R34

13th* 1312*

Bathurst 1000 results

Year Team Car Co-driver Position Laps
2018 Erebus Motorsport Holden Commodore ZB Australia Anton de Pasquale 24th 143
2019 Erebus Motorsport Holden Commodore ZB Australia Anton de Pasquale DNF 125
2020 Erebus Motorsport Holden Commodore ZB Australia David Reynolds 15th 160
2021 Erebus Motorsport Holden Commodore ZB Australia Jack Perkins 20th 150

Complete Bathurst 12 Hour results

Year Team Co-drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
pos.
2018 Australia MARC Cars Australia Papua New Guinea Keith Kassulke
Australia Rod Salmon
MARC II V8 - Ford V8 Invitational 258 18th 1st
2017 Australia MARC Cars Australia Papua New Guinea Keith Kassulke
Australia Rod Salmon
MARC II V8 - Ford V8 Invitational 270 17th 1st
2022 Australia Nineteen Corp. Racing Team Australia Jack Perkins
Australia Mark Griffith
Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo A–GT3 Pro-Am 33 DNF DNF

References

  1. ^ a b "Will Brown – Formula 4". formula4.com.au. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Latest News — Will Brown Motorsport". willbrownmotorsport.com.au. Retrieved 10 February 2021.
  3. ^ "Brown hails successful Super2 introduction". speedcafe.com. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Brown claims TCR crown, Girolami completes sweep". speedcafe.com. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Hyundai Motorsport names Brown in 2020 Junior Driver Program". Will Brown Motorsport. Retrieved 9 February 2021.

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2016
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Winner of the Australian Toyota 86 Racing Series
2016
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2019
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2017
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