2016 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Champion Will Brown has added the Mike Kable Young Gun Award to his already impressive racing CV.
Stepping up to the Super2 Series this year with Eggleston Motorsport, Brown finished ninth in the ultra competitive class and was within striking distance of a breakthrough win at the season finale in Newcastle.
Joining the likes of former recipients Cameron Waters, Scott McLaughlin, Chaz Mostert, Karl Reindler, Grant Denyer, Mark Winterbottom and Marcos Ambrose, Brown was proud to be bestowed with the honour.
“It’s pretty amazing to get this award,” Brown told supercars.com.
“It’s been a pretty tough year learning the tracks and the drivers.”
Brown returned to the Formula 4 paddock on the Gold Coast to award close friend Nick Rowe his 2017 title at the end of year dinner in October.
“He’s a hell of a bloke. I’ve known Nick for years,” Brown said.
“Probably the time he was coming to Townsville I was a bit scared! Nick Rowe, Townsville, Formula 4… I’ve seen him take out so many people so I was a bit worried!
“But he did a great job in that first race, I think we got first and second with AGI. All year long I loved having him in the team. It was a bit disappointing not having him there last year as teammates.”
The Toowoomba driver looked upon fondly of his two seasons racing in Australian Formula 4.
“With Formula 4, we were a real family,” Brown said.
“You take someone out and it’s usually a mate. You try not to though! But Formula 4’s great like that, everyone’s mates. It was an awesome category.”
Brown was highly complimentary of Formula 4’s group of drivers in 2017, particularly in trying conditions on the Gold Coast.
“I was watching, thinking it’s wet and not knowing what could happen with a bunch of rookies. Everyone did such a job this weekend, I’ve got to take my hat off to all of them,” Brown said.
“There was a couple of little mistakes, but nothing silly. Nobody bombed it in and took out five cars – like Nick Rowe did at Symmons Plains last year!”
For the future crop of Australian Formula 4 drivers, Brown placed particular emphasis on pre-event preparation for his own success to date.
“Probably the biggest part I’d say is fitness. Back then you’d be like ‘I don’t get tired in the car’. It’s not really being about being fit, I never got tired in the car in the Super2 Series but all year I’ve been training. It makes you mentally fit,” Brown said.
“You really think more about things, it puts your mind to it. If you’re just lazy and sit around you don’t feel as active I don’t think.”