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The Triple Eight cars Will Brown has already driven

WILL Brown is the talk of the Supercars world off the back of the news that he is set to replace Shane van Gisbergen next year at Triple Eight Race Engineering for the 2024 Repco Supercars Championship.

While the Toowoomba-born and bred racer is set to suit up with his new team next season for the first time, he’s no stranger at all to Triple Eight-built chassis.

Brown, who won the Australian Formula 4 Championship and Toyota 86 Racing Series in the same 2016 season, debuted in the Dunlop Super2 Series with Eggleston Motorsport at Adelaide in 2017.

The Melbourne-based team has been a long-time user of former Triple Eight team Commodores in the development series, allowing Brown to taste some ex-Jamie Whincup and ex-van Gisbergen hardware during his formative years in the category.

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Brown tested with the Eggleston Motorsport team at Winton in late 2016 at the wheel of one of its ex-Vodafone Commodores, chassis 888A-027.

The car had been Jamie Whincup’s 2010 Vodafone car from Hidden Valley onwards and finished second in the team’s 1-2 form finish at that year’s Bathurst 1000 before becoming the team’s Monster Commodore in the Dunlop Series.

Brown’s first Eggleston race chassis was 888A-040, the VF Commodore he used in each round of both the 2017 and 2018 Dunlop Series.

Brown tackles Sandown in 2018, his second season in the Dunlop Series. Photo: an1images.com / Dirk Klynsmith.

Originally a Whincup Red Bull car in late 2015 and then run in 2016, it later became the ‘Night Drift’ Red Bull Commodore with van Gisbergen behind the wheel.

V8 Sleuth also has a link with this chassis given it backed Brown’s #38 EMS Commodore for the Bathurst and Newcastle rounds of the series in 2017, with its signage appearing on the rear quarter flanks as Brown clinched the Mike Kable Young Gun Award for best first-year Supercars driver.

Brown moved into another chassis – 888A-042 – for the 2019 season, a car with plenty of victories under its belt given van Gisbergen used it to win his maiden Supercars Championship crown in 2016.

Brown aboard the ex-van Gisbergen 2016 title-winner at Townsville in 2019. Photo: an1images.com / Dirk Klynsmith.

The young Toowoomba gun crashed it at Bathurst in the 250-kilometre Saturday afternoon mini-enduro, so swapped to chassis 043 for the final rounds at Sandown and Newcastle.

That particular car was used by Whincup for the second part of 2016, including being first across the line at that year’s Bathurst 1000 before a 15-second post-race time penalty dropped he and Paul Dumbrell further back into the official finishing order.

Brown departed Eggleston Motorsport at the end of 2019 and competed in an Image Racing-run, Erebus-backed Commodore in the 2020 Dunlop Super2 Series before making the step up into a full-time championship seat with Erebus in 2021.

This year marks the third year he’s driven for the Melbourne-based team in the Repco Supercars Championship and he’ll be back in action in his #9 Coca-Cola-backed Erebus Camaro for the next round of the championship, the OTR SuperSprint at The Bend Motorsport Park on August 18-20.

Will Brown at Sandown in 2019, his final season with Eggleston Motorsport. Photo: an1images.com / Dirk Klynsmith.

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