Ups and downs for inaugural series winner on return
Excitement surrounded inaugural Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series winner Will Brown’s return as a lot has changed since his last start in 2019.
Instead of re-joining HMO Customer Racing for his return campaign, Brown found a home in the Audi Sport Customer Racing Australia-prepared LIQUI MOLY-sponsored RS3 LMS TCR driven to last year’s title by Chaz Mostert.
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Quite different to the Hyundai i30 N TCR he drove to title victory three years ago, Brown was still on the pace straight away in the Audi to lead the opening practice session and qualify third at AWC Race Tasmania
Falling away early in the opening event, Brown kicked off his return with seventh, before bouncing back to fourth in the second and a spin in the final dropped him to 13th.
Contact for Brown in the opening race of Round 2 at Phillip Island left the inaugural series winner with plenty of work to do and he delivered. Fourth in Race 2 led into a thrilling battle during the final race where Brown just failed to snatch victory from Fabian Coulthard as he scored his first podium since the return.
Bathurst proved a consistent run for Brown, again finishing fourth in the opener before a pair of top 10 finishes followed moving the LIQUI MOLY Team MPC Audi driver into second in the standings.
However, Sydney Motorsport Park was a change of fortune for the worse as a broken shock absorber dropped Brown out of contention after climbing to second.
Just like at Phillip Island, Brown charged to 10th in Race 2 before having to do it again in the final event to finish seventh and leave Sydney Motorsport Park ninth in the title race, 69-points behind leader Tony D’Alberto.
Although luck hasn’t always been on Brown’s side this year, he has adapted to the Audi well and next on the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia schedule is his home venue, Queensland Raceway. Having raced there in 2019, as well as the penultimate round at Sandown as well, Brown has experience on his side.
To rule him out of title contention is at your peril.
The Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series continues at Queensland Raceway on August 5-7.