2016 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Champion Will Brown is going from strength-to-strength in his debut season in the Dunlop Super2 Series.
Brown made his Australian Formula 4 debut in 2015 with AGI Sport in Townsville and has a special place in the championship’s history as the first ever Australian Formula 4 race winner.
“It was just an awesome event,” Brown told Supercars.com
“To start off the front row and get the first win was amazing, we were pumped.”
Following in the footsteps of inaugural Australian Formula 4 champion Jordan Lloyd, the fellow Toowoomba driver then claimed the 2016 Championship in Lloyd’s former Team BRM car (Chassis #50, currently piloted by CAMS Foundation Rising Star Simon Fallon).
A keen rugby player in his home town of Toowoomba in Queensland, it was a long-term injury that saw Brown switch his focus full-time to karting.
“I was playing footy at lunch one time and got a hit in the leg – and it just bruised up… They said I’d be out for about four months, which is basically the rugby season,” Brown said.
“As you know, karts go all year round so I decided to get into that which was really good.”
Brown is also one of a few Australian drivers to have claimed two national titles in a single season, also juggling a drive as the debutant Toyota 86 Series champion throughout 2016.
The winner of six Australian Formula 4 races in 2016, Brown has eased into the second-tier of Supercars with relative ease, racing with Eggleston Motorsport. He finished sixth on debut around the daunting streets of the Adelaide 500, impressing many of his co-drivers.
Brown currently sits in eighth in the Super2 Series standings, just behind reigning champion Garry Jacobson.
“I said to the boys at Eggleston ‘I don’t know how I’m going to go with a pass, I’ve never done one these’… (but) I made a couple of passes, it wasn’t a problem,” Brown said.
“It’s all the same ideas (when) you step up from karting – the race craft’s the same, just bigger cars. I think (karting) has been a big help with the race craft.
“As you progress through obviously there’s a bit more to learn, but you’ve got the roots. You know what you have to do, it’s just about getting it done.”
Brown’s next Super2 Series campaign will be at the Sydney SuperSprint on August 18–20, which coincides with Round Six of the 2017 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship at Sydney Motorsport Park.