Champion Brown Aiming For 2017 Graduation

2016 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Champion Will Brown is eagerly preparing for his next move after two highly successful seasons in Australian Formula 4.

Speaking on SEN Radio’s On The Grid with Tony Schibeci, life has carried as normal for the 2016 champion back home in Toowoomba.

“I think it’s sunk in!” Brown said.

“I went back to work at the family dealership, I’ve been doing a fair bit of fitness and cycling… I’ve still got Toyota 86 coming up and got to keep fit for all the racing. Life keeps going on.”

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Brown was complimentary of his Formula 4 colleagues in what was a hotly contested championship between the likes of teammate Jordan Love and Brown’s former teammate Nick Rowe.

“In Tasmania, Jordan Love was one point separating us for the round win. Phillip Island, there was only a couple of points again. It’s been a great year,” Brown said.

“Jordan Love, Nick Rowe… they’ve all pushed so hard they wanted to be champion as well. We’ve all pushed so hard for the year and I was lucky enough to come up on top.”

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Plans are now underway for Brown to graduate after completing two years of Australian Formula 4, with Porsche Carrera Cup being Brown’s preferred next destination.

“I’ll hopefully be racing Carrera Cup if everything lines up and we can get some funding,” Brown said.

“It is a big step up, we’re trying to keep fit for the off-season because they’re longer races. If you’re fit, it helps you out there mentally as well.”

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The Australian Formula 4 Champion has drawn inspiration from 2016 Carrera Cup Champion Matt Campbell, who excelled in the series and also joined Supercars squad Nissan Motorsport as an endurance driver.

Brown believes Carrera Cup is the next step he needs to progress into his ultimate goal of Supercars, having already conducted a brief test session with Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport earlier this year prior to the Sandown 500.

“I think lately if you jump into Carrera Cup, you have to shine like what Matt Campbell’s done,” Brown said.

“[Campbell] started to stand out at the end of the year, and then he’s absolutely shocked everyone with what he’s done.

“If we can get [into Supercars] in the next three years, that’ll be great. If I ever get in, I’ll be happy!”