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Brown philosophical after second-half slump

WILL Brown will recharge his batteries and look to build a sustained championship challenge next year after experiencing a season of two halves.

Brown led the championship at the midway point of this season but his form dropped off dramatically in the final five rounds – the start of that slump coinciding with news breaking that he’d leave Erebus Motorsport for Triple Eight in 2024.

After collecting nine podiums in 19 races prior to The Bend, he went podium-less thereafter and finished fifth in the championship.

Throughout, he appeared to maintain a good relationship with champion teammate Brodie Kostecki, who threw some lighthearted barbs Brown’s way on stage at the Supercars Gala on Monday night.

For his part, Brown expressed his congratulations to Kostecki and the team.

Will Brown congratulates Brodie Kostecki. Pic: Supplied/Race Project

“What a year it has been,” said the 25-year-old.

“For Brodie to win the championship is absolutely amazing, Erebus’ first championship and for us to also take out the teams’ championship is great.”

It wasn’t the fairytale goodbye to Erebus that Brown had wished for though, victim of a Lap 1 tangle on the Saturday race in Adelaide, before nursing his wounded #9 Camaro to 14th on Sunday.

“I’d just like to thank everyone at Erebus for the last six years. It has been a fantastic six years,” said Brown.

“We had an awesome start to the season. It’s been a pretty disappointing end to the season for myself and my side of the team but that’s life.”

Brown will be teammates with Broc Feeney next year at Triple Eight, while Jack Le Brocq joins Erebus alongside Kostecki.

Supercars Championship points across final five rounds of 2023

RankDriverPoints
1Brodie Kostecki1298
2Shane van Gisbergen1029
3Chaz Mostert939
4David Reynolds922
5Broc Feeney918
6Matt Payne904
7Thomas Randle885
8Anton De Pasquale860
9Cam Waters838
10Will Davison753
11James Courtney752
12Will Brown715
13Andre Heimgartner708
14James Golding649
15Bryce Fullwood646
16Nick Percat571
17Jack Le Brocq556
18Tim Slade554
19Scott Pye552
20Mark Winterbottom523
21Declan Fraser494
22Todd Hazelwood470
23Macauley Jones414
24Jack Smith397
25Cameron Hill371
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