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Is there now a four-way title fight in 2024?

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The first drama for Will Brown in 2024 has brought Broc Feeney, Chaz Mostert and Cam Waters right into play
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  • Will Brown Townsville crash opens door to rivals

  • Broc Feeney just 78 points down heading to Sydney

  • Chaz Mostert gained 105 points on Brown, Cam Waters 126

How quickly things change.

Will Brown, Broc Feeney and Chaz Mostert have been the runaway top three in the championship so far this season, and the order remains the same after Townsville.

However, the first drama for Brown in 2024 has brought Feeney, Mostert and Cam Waters right into play, with Waters the biggest winner ahead of the next round in Sydney.

Brown has led the championship since Melbourne in March, and a sterling run from 13th to third on Saturday helped the Queenslander extend his lead over Feeney to a season-high 141 points.

However, a first-lap Race 14 clash with David Reynolds changed the face of the championship, with Waters and Mostert closing in after following winner Matt Payne home.

Feeney couldn't quite capitalise, but still wiped 63 points off the deficit to Brown in a single race. However, Waters and Mostert, who battled for the win on Saturday, wiped away 126 and 105 points respectively over the weekend.

There are still 1820 points to win this season, but Waters' 389-point deficit to Brown still requires dramas for the #87 to bring the #6 into serious play. Regardless, Triple Eight is heading back to the drawing board after being off the pace, with team boss Jamie Whincup lamenting the team's "worst day of the year."

After Sunday's race, former racer Mark Larkham said the likes of Mostert, Waters and Payne must remain consistent to keep their hopes alive and, critically, capitalise when Triple Eight falters.

"I talk about how great [Triple Eight] are, they never have a bad weekend, when they have a bad Friday, they recover. Right on cue, they have a terrible weekend," Larkham said post-race.

"Feeney, he'll be disappointed he didn't really capitalise when Brown bombed out.

"Mostert, Waters and Payne, all of them up and down. They don't have to win every weekend, but a second, a third, a fourth, a fifth, a sixth consistently, will get them absolutely right up on a podium in a championship position."

The margin between Brown and Feeney is the closest it has been since Taupō, with five-time Supercars champion Mark Skaife adamant the championship will go down to the final round, given how many different cars are in contention for trophies each week.

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Seven different drivers have won the last nine races, with six different pole-sitters in the last seven.

"The last round has so much to play for, big points, lots of risk versus reward," Skaife said post-race.

"There's so many people in contention. If you look now, I found one of the biggest things from the weekend was that it was so jumbled.

"We didn't really have a form guide at all until mid-race, until we saw the pace of Matt Payne and Cam Waters. I think there's going to be a lot of cars in contention."

The 2024 Repco Supercars Championship will resume at the Panasonic Air Conditioning Sydney SuperNight on July 19-21. Tickets can be purchased via Supercars.com.

Live coverage can be found on Foxtel, with live streaming available on Kayo. Highlights will be shown on the Seven Network and 7plus.

International viewers can follow all the action on Superview.

Breaking down the 2024 title fight

Brown

Feeney

Mostert

Waters

Race 1

-12

Leader

-21

-99

Race 2

Leader

-9

-21

-192

Race 3

-2

Leader

-32

-206

Race 4

Leader

-18

-83

-238

Race 5

Leader

-12

-83

-307

Race 6

Leader

-17

-93

-328

Race 7

Leader

-59

-142

-322

Race 8

Leader

-71

-196

-388

Race 9

Leader

-103

-189

-402

Race 10

Leader

-136

-175

-381

Race 11

Leader

-115

-193

-432

Race 12

Leader

-108

-279

-515

Race 13

Leader

-141

-270

-494

Race 14

Leader

-78

-174

-389

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