Will Brown is the inaugural TCR Australia Series champion.

At the end of a torrid day of racing at Sandown Park, including a first-lap spin that dropped him to the back of the pack, the youngster did just enough to provisionally claim the crown.

Brown drove his Hyundai i30 N back to an eighth-place finish, doing just enough to edge out his final championship threat, Dylan O’Keefe.

“I’m such an idiot. It’s not the way I wanted to do it, but I’ll take it,” says Brown.

“I just put my head down and went for it. And I got there.”

It’s the third Australian title for the pocket rocket, after victories in the Toyota 86 and Formula 4 series, and he is now looking ahead to an all-out attack on the series finale at Tailem Bend in November.