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In-form Brown’s chance to join champion company

WILL Brown has barely put a foot wrong since moving to Triple Eight Race Engineering and the result is an early lead in the 2024 Repco Supercars Championship.

The Toowoomba larrikin has finished either first or second in each of the six races held thus far.

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Just five drivers in championship history have ever started a season with a seven-plus-race streak of top two finishes – and it’s pretty fine company that Brown is on the verge of joining.

That exclusive club consists of Mark Skaife (1994 and 2002), Peter Brock (1980), Shane van Gisbergen (2021), Jim Richards (1991) and Allan Moffat (1977).

Four of those streaks were halted at seven.

Will Brown during practice at the ITM Taupō Super400. Pic: Tayler Burke

The exceptions are Brock and 2002-spec Skaife, whose respective campaigns began with 10 and 11 straight top twos – and both could have been more.

Brock had been leading the 11th and final race of the 1980 season when his VB Commodore’s gearbox let go, while Skaife was only stopped by a reverse grid format in Race 12 of 2002 (forcing him to start 29th on the tight and twisty streets of Canberra).

Notably, in all six instances listed earlier, that driver went on to win the championship.

Of course, plenty of work remains for Brown, given he’s just 17 points clear of teammate Broc Feeney with more than 3000 points still in play.

But following a strong run in Friday practice at Taupō, the signs are that the #87 Red Bull Ampol Camaro will once again be on the money this weekend.

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