Brown to miss Winton but confirms TCR return
WILL BROWN will miss the third round of the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series – however both the driver, his team and sponsor have confirmed their return for the remainder of the season.
Brown and his Erebus Motorsport Supercars team will head to the United States next week for a fact-finding mission to a NASCAR race in St Louis, the date clashing with the upcoming Hi-Tec Oils Race Winton event in country Victoria.
Brown and his LIQUI MOLY / Melbourne Performance Centre Audi have had a challenging start to their 2023 season, meaning a missed round is unlikely to effect what are likely to be limited title aspirations.
However, Brown and the team have confirmed their commitment to the remainder of the series in a bid to win as many races as possible in the second half of the year, with TCR World Ranking points on offer – let alone the chance to compete head-to-head with the best of the global TCR scene when the Kumho TCR World Tour arrives to Sydney Motorsport Park and Mount Panorama later this year.
‘I am excited to head to America to expand my racing knowledge and gain insights into the teams and drivers, and how they prepare and run for race weekends,” Brown said.
“It is disappointing to miss the Winton round of TCR, and I will be back for the remaining four rounds of the season to gain as many
points as possible to boost my World TCR ranking.”
Brown’s TCR sponsor LIQUI MOLY backed the decision and voiced their support for both the driver, team and series.
“We went into this partnership with Will, knowing any Supercars commitments would come before TCR. We got through last season
without any clashes, but these things happen when you have someone as talented as Will on your team,” said Belinda Narbey, Head of Partnerships.
“Troy (Russell) and the Melbourne Performance Centre team are working hard to get the car right after the issues that have plagued us for the first two rounds of the year.
Added MPC chief Russell: “The car Will is driving, previously driven by Jay Hanson in 2022, gave us no issues throughout the year despite some running repairs needed. This year has not been the start myself or the team had hoped for but we are all working hard to get the car and Will back to the top of the field”
The MPC team LIQUI MOLY Audi RS3 LMS car and Will Brown will return to action at Round 4 of the TCR Australia Series at Queensland Raceway, 11-13 August.
Audi will still have a strong presence at Winton, however, with the brand to be represented by Zac Soutar, Lachlan Mineeff, the returning Iain McDougall and Supercheap Auto TCR Australia debutant, Clay Richards.
All the Winton races will be broadcast live, ad-break free and on-demand via Stan Sport with Saturday’s action also on the Nine Network.
Tickets for Hi-Tec Oils Race Winton are on sale now via motorsporttickets.com.au