WILL BROWN - PROFILE
Will Brown is undoubtedly one of Australia's most exciting motor racing prospects.
At age 21, he has already claimed national titles and wins across FIA Formula 4, Australian Formula Ford, Toyota 86 Series, Endurance racing at Bathurst and The Peter Brock Medal awarded by CAMS, competing against - and beating - some of the best and most experienced drivers in Australia. In 2019 Will is also the TCR Australia champion after taking out the series with one round remaining.
He is 1 of only 5 drivers in Australian racing history to achieve 2 national circuit racing titles in the one year.
Hailing from Toowoomba in Queensland, Brown started his karting career at 13-years-old in Queensland, winning numerous titles throughout his junior years.
The talent that Brown displayed throughout both State and National Level was backed up with an 80% record of finishing on the podium, a sign of rare talent that was set to make big waves in Australian Motorsport in the years to come.
On the back of his karting form, Brown was signed by AGI Sport to race in the Formula 4 Championship in 2015. Racing on the same circuits as the Supercar Series, Brown scored the first ever Australian Formula 4 Championship race win.
A consistent spread of wins and podiums throughout the 2015 Series would see him finish 3rd overall. Brown was also crowned the 2015 Formula 4 Rookie of the Year after his impressive debut in the series.
Brown signed with the Australian Formula 4 Championship winning team BRW for the 2016 running of the series.
Brown would go on to dominate and win the 2016 Championship Title on the streets of Surfers Paradise later that year, with an extraordinary ratio of 6 race wins and 13 podiums from 18 races.
Alongside his commitments to Formula 4, he managed drives in both the Australian Ford Championship and Australian Toyota 86 Racing Series as well.
Despite missing the first 3 races in the Australian Formula Ford Championships due to a clash with Formula 4, Brown would go on to secure second in the championship, with 9 wins and 11 podiums from the fifteen races in the 2016 Series.
Additionally, Brown’s Australian Toyota 86 Racing Series Campaign was just as strong as the other categories.
A total of 39 Toyota sports sedan cars took to the Winton circuit in Victoria for the season opener, many of them with professional and vastly more experienced drivers inside. Will claimed a podium position at Round 1.
In a year of highlights and championships, there was perhaps none better than his '3 from 3' race winning performances at Australia's most iconic and imposing circuit - Mount Panorama, Bathurst - during the Toyota 86 round in September.
In perspective, Brown - at age 18 - took on former V8 Supercar and Australian touring car champions, in equal machinery, a field of 39 other drivers - at the most feared track in Australia - and won. 3 times in 3 races.
In taking out the 2016 National Championship he would see off some of the biggest names in Australian motorsport, including 2 x V8 Supercar Champion Glenn Seton, former Supercar driver Steven Johnson and Touring Car Legend and former Bathurst champion, Tony Longhurst.
After the series wins in both the Australian Formula 4 and the Australian Toyota Racing Series in 2016, Brown would become 1 of only 5 drivers in Australian motorsport history to achieve 2 national racing titles in one year.
In 2017, Brown joined Eggleston Motorsport to race in the 2017 Dunlop Super2 Series.
After ending the Driver’s Championship in 9th place in his rookie year, Brown was awarded the Mike Kable Young Gun Award, a recognition of the best first-year driver across the Supercar Championship and Super2 Series as voted by his peers.
Perhaps even more significantly, he would also be awarded 'The Peter Brock Medal' by the Confederation of Australian Motorsport (CAMS) for his season. As an indication of the esteem with which the medal is held, the year's previous winner was Mark Webber.
2018 was another major stepping stone for Brown, being named as the co-driver for the 2017 Bathurst 1000 winning team, Erebus Motorsport, in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Endurance Series. Brown showed strong glimpses of his elite driving ability throughout the 3 race endurance series, co driving with regular Anton de Pasquale.
Brown continued to make solid progression in his Dunlop Super2 Series landing 6th place in the 2018 Driver’s Championship with Eggleston Motorsport.
In 2019, Brown took on the new challenge of competing in the inaugural TCR Australia Series for HMO Customer Racing, driving a Hyundai i30 N TCR Car and won the Championship with one round to spare.
Alongside his commitments to HMO Customer Racing Team, Brown will continue to race with Eggleston Motorsport in the 2019 Dunlop Super 2 Series as well as again partnering with Anton de Pasquale from Erebus Motorsport in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Endurance Cup, which includes Australia’s biggest race, the Bathurst 1000 in October.
As if that wasnt enough, his unique abilities were extended when he accepted a drive in the inaugural ‘big banger’ S5000 series, competing alongside former Ferrari F1 legend Rubens Barrichello.
With his ever present smile, sponsor friendly image and immeasurable talent ...at age 21, Will Brown is just getting started.