2016 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Champion Will Brown has today been confirmed as an Enduro Cup driver for Supercars squad Erebus Motorsport.
The 2017 Mike Kable Young Gun Award recipient had a standout debut season in the Super2 Series with Eggleston Motorsport. Brown narrowly missed out on his first win in Newcastle with a mechanical failure, but his overall season was otherwise highly regarded among many.
“I’m super excited, obviously to get a co-drive, start my first Bathurst 1000 and make my main series debut is pretty cool,” Brown said.
Brown’s 2018 will be busy in the lead-up to the endurance season, with a Bathurst 12 Hour drive next month the first of his racing commitments for the year.
“I think that will be an advantage, there are co-drivers that drive nothing all year and put the helmet on, so I should be race ready,” Brown said.
The Toowoomba driver’s credentials around Mount Panorama are well established, with a fifth place finish in the 250 kilometre Super2 race. That drive caught the attention of Erebus General Manager Barry Ryan.
“Will has been a real stand out talent in the recent years and particularly in his rookie Super2 season in 2017,” Ryan said.
“We are very pleased to sign Will to drive his maiden Enduro Cup; he displays maturity above his years both on and off track. We look forward to seeing his driving talents first hand and being part of his development and growth.”
Brown will test with the squad next month as they introduce their new ZB Commodore.
Speaking at last season’s Formula 4 awards evening, the Toowoomba driver looked upon fondly of his two seasons racing in the championship.
“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.”
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.”