TRIPLE Eight has officially announced the recruitment of Will Brown on a three-year deal from 2024.
Brown will replace Shane van Gisbergen next year, with the Kiwi free to pursue his American dream in NASCAR.
Van Gisbergen earlier this year signed a contract extension keeping him in Supercars for at least another season, but it had become increasingly clear that he wanted out – with momentum quickly gathering after his Cup Series debut win in Chicago.
“As we’ve made clear from the very start, Triple Eight wholeheartedly supports SVG’s decision to showcase his world class talent abroad and we look forward to watching him continue to tear up the track like we witnessed in Chicago last month,” said team principal Jamie Whincup.
Brown and Broc Feeney make for a potentially long-term Triple Eight line-up, given they’re aged 25 and 20.
“Will has been on our radar for many years since he was driving an ex-Triple Eight car in the Super2 championship,” said Whincup.
“He is exciting to watch on track, very personable and most importantly, a really good fit to our Triple Eight culture.
“The fact Broc and him grew up racing together and are friends away from the circuit is a bonus.”
Coincidentally, Brown will resume his status as a title rival to Triple Eight this weekend.
Erebus Motorsport’s Brodie Kostecki and Brown are one-two in the championship, just ahead of van Gisbergen and Feeney, entering the OTR SuperSprint at The Bend.
“Of course, we still have a fight on our hands to win the drivers’ and teams’ championships this season, and that remains Triple Eight’s immediate focus,” Whincup added.
Trackhouse Racing is the favourite to secure van Gisbergen’s services for a 2024 campaign involving various tiers of NASCAR racing.
He could yet return to Triple Eight to co-drive in the 2024 enduros.