Brown wins Race 28 as Triple Eight team-mates clash

Will Brown

Erebus Motorsport’s Will Brown has broken through for his first Repco Supercars Championship race win as Jamie Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen clashed in the battle for the minor placings.

Barely more than half a second separated that top three after the 32 laps which made up Race 28 at the BP Ultimate Sydney SuperSprint, but Whincup and van Gisbergen gave up crucial time in the latter stages as they carved each other up over second spot.

Both of the Red Bull Ampol Racing drivers were aggravated on the radio as van Gisbergen tried to find a way through, but in the end he finished third, with Whincup claiming second spot for the second race in a row at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Brown admitted after his breakthrough, “I was sort of shitting myself a little bit when they were catching me; I thought, ‘It’s on here.’

“I thought if I can back them up into each other, they would dogfight against themselves which is what ended up happening; obviously their tyres were pretty cooked.

“The best part was just getting to do burnouts, that was sick.”

Brad Jones Racing picked up a fourth and fifth with Nick Percat heading home Todd Hazelwood, while a presumably tyre-weary Anton De Pasquale got home in ninth after winning Races 26 and 27.

Whincup had put the #88 ZB Commodore on pole position and, after catching a small movement before the lights went out, led the field to the first corner from van Gisbergen (#97 ZB Commodore).

Brown (#9 Shaw and Partners ZB Commodore) was away smartly enough when the lights went out to move across from the outside of Row 2 in time to cover De Pasquale (#11 Shell V-Power Mustang) and take up third spot.

Whincup moved to a one-second lead on Lap 5, as Brown sat close behind van Gisbergen in the minor placings, and the threat of rain to the west discouraged anyone from making an early pit stop.

De Pasquale and Chaz Mostert (#25 Mobil 1 Appliances Online ZB Commodore) were first of the front-runners into the lane from fourth and fifth respectively at the end of Lap 11, and exited the lane in the opposite order after the #11 Mustang was fitted with four fresh tyres.

Brown stopped on Lap 13 to take working side tyres, before Whincup gave up a lead of just over one second when pitted on Lap 16 for three tyres.

The erstwhile leader got up to speed behind Brown and Mostert but ahead of De Pasquale, as van Gisbergen inherited top spot.

The championship leader held first position until he also took a three-tyre stop on Lap 19 and emerged behind De Pasquale.

Van Gisbergen went down the inside of De Pasquale and into an effective fourth position on Lap 21 at Turn 4, before both he and Whincup passed Mostert on the following lap.

When Tim Slade (#3 CoolDrive Mustang) pitted on Lap 22, the cycle was done, with Brown leading Whincup and van Gisbergen, while Percat (#8 R&J Batteries ZB Commodore) soon got past both De Pasquale and Mostert to take up fourth.

It was not before long, however, that van Gisbergen and Whincup were in an almighty stoush over second position.

Van Gisbergen gave Whincup a tap at Turn 8 on Lap 23 and while he was quickly on the radio to apologise for that, he continued to try and find a way past his team-mate.

Whincup, however, was having none of it, feeding #97 wide on several occasions, including one which caused a big moment for van Gisbergen as he crossed the tunnel on Lap 24.

Brown’s margin over the two Triple Eight Race Engineering drivers blew out beyond four seconds as that went on, but once the civil war behind him calmed somewhat, Whincup and van Gisbergen began to reel him in.

Rain drops started to fall, increasing tensions about a potential extra factor to spice things up, but the battle continued to brew.

Whincup caught the #9 ZB Commodore on Lap 29 and 0.56s covered the top three at the end of that lap, but Brown clung on to pick up his first race win in what is officially his rookie season.

Whincup snipped van Gisbergen’s championship lead to 337 points as they finished Race 28 in second and third respectively.

Behind Percat and Hazelwood (#14 Cub Cadet ZB Commodore) in the end was Scott Pye (#20 DeWalt ZB Commodore), from Cameron Waters (#6 Monster Energy Mustang), Mostert, De Pasquale, and Jack Le Brocq (#5 Truck Assist Mustang).

Will Davison got home in 12th from 15th on the grid in the #17 Shell V-Power Mustang.

The next event is the Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight, which starts on the Friday afternoon of November 19.

Results: Race 28, BP Ultimate Sydney SuperSprint

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Diff
1 9 Erebus Motorsport William Brown Holden Commodore ZB
2 88 Red Bull Ampol Racing Team Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore ZB +0.280
3 97 Red Bull Ampol Racing Team Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB +0.522
4 8 R&J Batteries Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB +6.468
5 14 Dunlop Super Dealer Racing Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB +7.413
6 20 DEWALT Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB +12.169
7 6 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT +13.583
8 25 Mobil 1 Appliances Online Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB +15.005
9 11 Shell V-Power Racing Team Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT +16.128
10 5 Truck Assist Racing Jack Le Brocq Ford Mustang GT +20.192
11 99 Erebus Boost Mobile Racing Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB +22.603
12 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Will Davison Ford Mustang GT +22.777
13 44 Boost Mobile Racing James Courtney Ford Mustang GT +24.004
14 2 Mobil 1 Middy’s Racing Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB +25.622
15 96 Coca-Cola Racing Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB +31.287
16 34 UNIT Racing Jake Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB +36.550
17 35 Yellow Cover Racing Zane Goddard Holden Commodore ZB +36.550
18 22 PremiAir Hire Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore ZB +37.598
19 18 IRWIN Racing Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB +38.308
20 3 CoolDrive Racing Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT +38.643
21 4 SCT Logistics Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB +38.717
22 19 Local Legends Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore ZB +41.691
23 26 Penrite Racing Luke Youlden Ford Mustang GT +44.391
24 7 NED Whisky Racing Andre Heimgartner Ford Mustang GT +46.692

Fastest lap (bonus): Tim Slade, 1:31.4110s, Lap 25

Drivers’ championship

Pos Driver Pts
1 Shane van Gisbergen 2678
2 Jamie Whincup 2341
3 Will Davison 2149
4 Chaz Mostert 2083
5 Cameron Waters 1964
6 Anton De Pasquale 1955
7 Nick Percat 1726
8 William Brown 1652
9 Mark Winterbottom 1542
10 Brodie Kostecki 1440
11 James Courtney 1410
12 Tim Slade 1393
13 Scott Pye 1387
14 Todd Hazelwood 1356
15 Andre Heimgartner 1334
16 Jack Le Brocq 1294
17 Bryce Fullwood 1233
18 David Reynolds 1072
19 Zane Goddard 1040
20 Jake Kostecki 974
21 Jack Smith 860
22 Macauley Jones 850
23 Garry Jacobson 838
24 Fabian Coulthard 798
25 Thomas Randle 364
26 Kurt Kostecki 302
27 Luke Youlden 184

Teams’ championship

Pos Car(s) Team Pts
1 88 97 Triple Eight Race Engineering 5019
2 11 17 (100) Dick Johnson Racing 4104
3 6 44 Tickford Racing 3374
4 2 25 Walkinshaw Andretti United 3316
5 9 99 Erebus Motorsport 3092
6 8 14 Brad Jones Racing 2996
7 18 20 Team 18 2904
8 7 26 Kelly Grove Racing 2560
9 34 35 Matt Stone Racing 2014
10 4 96 Brad Jones Racing 1710
11 19 22 Team Sydney 1636
12 3 Blanchard Racing Team 1393
13 5 Tickford Racing 1294
14 55 Tickford Racing 364
15 27 Walkinshaw Andretti United 302

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