WILL BROWN - PROFILE
Will Brown is undoubtedly one of Australia's most exciting motor racing prospects.
At age 20, 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.
He is 1 of only 5 drivers in Australian racing history to achieve 2 national circuit racing titles in the one year.
In 2016, Will won the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 championships, with 6 wins and 13 podiums from 18 races and the Australian Toyota 86 Series with victories including '3 wins from 3 races' at Mount Panorama, Bathurst. He placed second in the 2016 Australian Formula Ford Championships with 9 wins and 11 podiums from the 15 races.
Hailing from Toowoomba in Queensland, Brown began his racing career through karting at the age of 13 in Queensland, where he would go on to win multiple titles across different classes.
Displaying a rare talent at such a young age along with the spirit to win, he competed at both State and National level in Australia and finished his karting with an 80% record of finishing on the podium.
Soon after, his first Formula car test was arranged and upon finding immediate pace, Will was signed by both BF Racing to begin his Formula Ford career and by AGI Sport to compete in the inaugural CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 championship in 2015.
Racing on the same circuits as the Australian V8 Supercar series, the internationally recognized FIA F4 cars gives the younger generation of driver an immediate entry into a wings and slicks racing category.
The series is also fully televised to a national audience of millions.
Success came quickly.
In only his first year in Formula Ford, Will would go on to record multiple podiums at both State and National level seeing off a number of highly rated and more experienced drivers.
And by driving in the 2015 F4 championships, Will made history immediately.
On the streets of Townsville he scored the first ever FIA CAMS Jayco Australian F4 Championship event race win, an historical feat which can never be broken.
A consistent year would see him finish 3rd overall, claiming wins and podiums and taking out the 2015 Formula 4 Rookie of the Year title as well.
Combining clear talent, whilst retaining a down to earth and humble persona, Will was signed to drive for the 2015 F4 championship winning team, BRW and with the experience of a full season behind him, he went into the 2016 Australian F4 season as one of the title favourites.
Yet again, he would not disappoint.
On the contrary, his development, consistency and rise through fields of cars became extraordinary.
Adding to his F4 commitments, he launched his attack on the Australian Formula Ford championship title too.
Missing a complete Round 1 (3 races) of the Formula Ford championship due to a clash of dates with F4, Will started the season with a '3 wins from 3 races' Round 2, held at Sydney Motorsport Park.
As if that wasn't enough for an 17 year old, Will announced his intentions to compete in the newly sanctioned Australian Toyota 86 Series. Here professional champion racers compete against aspiring drivers in equal Toyota machinery.
Now with Formula Ford 'open wheeler mechanical grip', Formula 4 'wings and slicks' and Toyota Sports 'saloon car' experience behind him, his extraordinary talent and ability began to shine.
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.
He would go even better in Round 2 at Sydney - taking his first Toyota 86 Series victory.
In doing so, Will saw off the former 2X Australian V8 Supercar champion Glenn Seton, fellow V8 Supercar and current Porsche driver Stephen Johnson and Touring car legend Tony Longhurst, all multiple race winners and Bathurst 1000 veterans.
And as his 3 race categories unfolded throughout the year, Brown continued to go from strength to strength.
More wins, more podiums, suddenly he became unstoppable.
On multiple circuits, in multiple categories and against any competition - from young hot headed rookies to hardened Bathurst veteran professionals - Brown beat them all.
Big teams noticed his skill, sponsor friendly nature and professionalism and late in 2016, Will tested the V8 Supercar of Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport.
And 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.
Come November, on the streets of Surfers Paradise, under pressure to perform, he won the 2016 CAMS Jayco FIA Australian Formula 4 championship title. An extraordinary season saw Will claim 6 wins and 13 podiums from the 18 races.
He would also finish as runner up in the 2016 Australian Formula Ford Championships - despite missing the first 3 races of the championship due to a clash with F4 race dates with - with 9 wins and 11 podiums from the 15 races.
And in December, he took out the 2016 Australian Toyota 86 Championship series as well, in the process beating, amongst others, the 2016 V8 Supercar Bathurst 1000 winner, Jonathon Webb.
In 2017, Will joined the Dunlop Super 2 series - the sopport category for the Virgin Australia Supercars series - driving an Eggleston Motorsport Holden Commodore, eventually being awarded with The Mike Kable award, 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.
In 2018, Will returns to the Dunlop Super 2 series to take on Australia's best Supercar races.
As a side note, he has already also claimed a second overall Class victory in the 2018 Bathurst 12 Hr Endurance race driving a MARC V8 Mustang - the victory coming in perfect unison with him being named as co-driver for the current Bathurst 1000 race winning team, Erebus, for their 2018 Supercars Endurance series. The Enduros take in Australia's greatest race, The Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama in October.
With his ever present smile, sponsor friendly image and immeasurable talent ...at age 20, Will Brown is just getting started.