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Brown subs for unwell Kostecki in US enduro

WILL Brown will race in Brodie Kostecki’s place at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, this weekend.

Kostecki had been due to share a Richard Childress Racing-run car in the World Racing League final with NASCAR stars Kyle Busch and Austin Dillon.

However, the newly-crowned Supercars champion has not made the trip to the United States having opted to undergo post-season tonsil surgery.

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Brown – who made his final start for Erebus in Adelaide on Sunday ahead of a move to Triple Eight in 2024 – has been dispatched in his place.

RCR competes in the largely amateur event in Texas as part of efforts to improve the road course skills of its NASCAR drivers.

It will field a purpose-built endurance car in the main event, which features a pair of eight-hour races.

RCR’s program for the weekend also includes running an ex-Image Racing Holden Commodore VF Supercar during practice on Friday.

Its test program with that car this year has included both Kostecki and Brown tutoring NASCAR pair Busch and Dillon.

RCR has confirmed to V8 Sleuth that its COTA plans remain otherwise unchanged despite the driver swap.

Kostecki flagged his battle with tonsillitis when speaking on the Rusty’s Garage podcast this week.

“I’ve been sick a few times this year and I’ve been overseas a few times, and I guess being on a plane for a while doesn’t really help either,” he told Greg Rust.

“Every time I’ve got sick was close to when a race event was about to start or I was about to go away, so I didn’t really have time to get my tonsils out.

“After Gold Coast, I was quite sick for two or three weeks and leading up the last round, and finally got myself on the mend.

“It’s one of those things, you want to take medication for it, but you can’t because of how the ruling works, so you’ve just got to try and minimise the risk as much as possible.

“But I’m off in two days to get my tonsils out, thank god, finally. Hopefully that part of my life’s over because that’s pretty annoying.

“All I want to do is go and race cars and I can’t. We’ll get that out and sort that problem out.”

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Brown will be joined in Texas by a small contingent of Erebus staff, including its CEO Barry Ryan.

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