Main game debut awaits Brown at Sandown

This weekend’s Sandown 500 will feature the first CAMS PAYCE Australian Formula 4 Championship graduate to make a start in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

2016 Australian Formula 4 Champion Will Brown will make his Supercars debut with Erebus Motorsport, where he joins their season regular driver Anton de Pasquale for this year’s Enduro Cup at Sandown, Bathurst and Gold Coast.

It’s been an outstanding climb up the Australian motor sport ladder for Brown after his Formula 4 success, with a stunning debut in the 2017 Super2 Series with Eggleston Motorsport.

Though the Super2 experience has been beneficial, Sandown will be another learning curve for Brown as he embarks on his Supercars ambition.

“First time in the Supercars main game, so I’m pumped for it,” Brown told 7 News Toowoomba.

“It’s what we’ve been working hard since I was 13 when I started go karting. It’s taken seven years to get here.”

Though Brown is confident in his and the team’s ability, he acknowledges the broader picture of Erebus and de Pasquale’s season ambitions.

“I’m driving for Anton – it’s his championship that I’ve got to consider. I’ve not got to do anything stupid and bring it home the best that I can,” Brown said.

“It’s our first year in it. Not that there’s no expectations, but we’ve got to go out there and race and bring it home the best that we can.”

Sandown will be a busy weekend for the Toowoomba driver, with double-duties in his regular Super2 Series Commodore between Supercars sessions.

“It’ll actually be beneficial,” Brown said.

“I’ve got so much time on the track. Sandown’s just as big as Bathurst for us.”

In Friday morning’s first co-driver practice session, Brown was within a second off the fastest time set by his Super2 teammate and former Bathurst winner Paul Dumbrell to set the 16th quickest time out of 26 cars.

Sunday’s Sandown 500 commences on Sunday, with 161 laps to begin from 1:20pm AEST.