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Why Brown has hit the ground running at Triple Eight

MANY tipped Will Brown to face a tall order to come into Triple Eight and take it to embedded young gun Broc Feeney from the get-go.

The former Erebus Motorsport driver’s fast start to the season, which has him 71 points clear of Feeney atop the standings, has come as no surprise to Triple Eight though.

Feeney and Brown have three wins apiece through eight races, but it’s the latter’s other results which have been the difference thus far (four second-place finishes and a ninth).

“Will is a good example of what you see is what you get,” team manager Mark Dutton told V8 Sleuth.

“From the outside, he looks like a good fun bloke, hard worker, committed, enjoys what he’s doing, all that kind of stuff – and that’s him. He’s all those things.

“He has gelled amazingly well with the team which is not a surprise from our side, because that was a huge part of him getting the gig and us approaching him, was the personality.

“We thought he would gel so well with the team, with the engineers, with Broc, with the mechanics.

Will Brown (right) with engineer Andrew Edwards. Pic: Red Bull Content Pool

“We put a lot of weight into that side of things. We don’t just look at car speed – which obviously he has got a lot of – we looked at the complete driver package when we were deciding who to offer the seat to.

“So yeah, we’re super happy that what we thought would be the right person for the job has come to fruition.

“Even though it’s early days, you definitely can’t be unhappy with every part of it: his on-track driving, just how much he works with the team, works well with Broc, Broc works well with him.

“It’s definitely a two-way street between them, trying to improve each other’s racecraft and driving, and both of them are working faultlessly with all of the engineers.

“We’re in a really good place with those guys, it’s good fun.”

The fun spilled over for all to enjoy during the most recent race at Taupō, as Brown and Feeney duked it out tooth-and-nail for the win.

Broc Feeney, Will Brown and Anton De Pasquale on the Taupō podium. Pic: Supplied/Mark Horsburgh

It was the most obvious showing yet of a respectful but intense internal competition, one which Dutton admits requires non-traditional motorsport thinking to manage.

“I’ve always thought a little bit differently to probably the racing norm,” he explained.

“The racing norm is, the first person you have got to beat is your teammate, whereas for me, that’s the last person you have to beat.

“As a team, we have got to beat everyone else in pitlane, and then once we have got that secured, then you lads can fight against each other.”

Wanneroo Raceway hosts Round 4 of the 2024 Repco Supercars Championship this Friday to Sunday.

Brown and Feeney each took a race win at the 2023 Perth SuperSprint.

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