Brown Takes Series Lead in Townsville
Will Brown has finished P1 and P6 in Townsville.
Race 16 – P1
Starting fourth on the grid for Race 18, Will claimed his 9th podium this year with a third place.
Will led more than half of the race, after grabbing his 4th career pole position and his 3rd of 2023.
The #9 pilot got a great start and led the pack through the first complex, though Shane Van Gisbergen got a bit too eager and drove them wide and down to 4th.
He moved quickly back into podium contention though, making it past Van Gisbergen before he turned his focus to Broc Feeney. Will made a move stick on lap 16 before he closed the gap to Cam Waters and overtook him for the lead 7 laps later.
Will re-gained the lead of the race on lap 42 as Chaz Mostert pitted for his second of three stops, opting for an alternate strategy.
The race’s only Safety Car bunched the field up on lap 69 and made it a fight to the finish. Will never blinked and was quick to take control of the race for the final time. The win marks Will’s 5th of his career.
Race 17 – P6
Starting from P9, Will faced a temporary setback, slipping to P11 on the opening lap. However, set impressive lap times to regain a position inside the top ten.
The race took an unexpected turn on lap 35 when debris on the track from Cameron Hill’s car prompted the deployment of the safety car. While some cars took the opportunity to pit, Car 9 remained on track, assuming the race lead for the restart on lap 38.
Following the restart, Will continued to impress with his speed, climbing to P3 before his second pit stop on lap 57.
Will overtook Bryce Fullwood on the penultimate lap to secure an impressive sixth position at the race’s conclusion.