Brown linked to Triple Eight move

07 Aug
Reports link Erebus star as van Gisbergen replacement
3 mins by James Pavey

Will Brown has been linked to a switch from Erebus Motorsport to Triple Eight Race Engineering as questions swirl over Shane van Gisbergen’s future.

Brown and van Gisbergen are fighting for the 2023 Supercars championship, and are second and third in the standings respectively.

Last year, Brown signed a new deal with Erebus to the end of 2024 alongside Brodie Kostecki, who leads this year's championship.

Earlier this year, van Gisbergen inked a new deal with Triple Eight, also to the end of 2024, keeping him alongside Broc Feeney.

However, in a silly season shock on Monday, V8 Sleuth and Speedcafe have both linked Brown to Triple Eight as van Gisbergen’s replacement.

The V8 Sleuth report also includes a statement from Erebus, which reads: "Will currently has an ongoing with Erebus, which extends until the conclusion of 2024."

It comes as van Gisbergen is set for a switch to NASCAR, with the Kiwi winning on debut in the Cup Series in Chicago last month.

Van Gisbergen and Brown have been battling for the 2023 title

Van Gisbergen said to media in Sydney that his plan was to move to NASCAR next year, opening up a vacancy at Triple Eight.

“I don’t know if I’ll be full-time,” van Gisbergen said in the Sydney post-race press conference.

“There’s obviously a lot happening in the background, but I’m not leaving because of this team."

The three-time champion’s Triple Eight has an option for 2025, but Team Principal Jamie Whincup has stated that he would not stand in van Gisbergen’s way.


“Sitting here right now, of course I'm trying to run the business as well as I possibly can,” Whincup said before Townsville.

“I need the best drivers, but if any driver, engineer, employee come to me and said, ‘Hey, I wanna, I, my dream is to, to go the other side of the world and do something else,’ then I'm not gonna stand in their way.”

“I want to open up opportunities for all my staff.”

Van Gisbergen also reiterated that should he secure a move to NASCAR, he wants his team to have a replacement armed at the ready.

“I love this team and, when I leave, I want to make sure that there’s someone here to replace me that’s going to do a good job in the car,” van Gisbergen continued.

“You don’t want to leave the team with nothing, and scrambling to find someone.

“A lot of the good drivers here are signed up, so, yeah, I want to leave with the team in a good spot.

“Hopefully the team has someone soon.”

Van Gisbergen and Kostecki are both Stateside in preparation for this weekend’s Cup Series race at the Indianapolis road course.

Two-time Bathurst winner van Gisbergen will also make his oval debut in the Truck Series on Friday.

The 2023 Repco Supercars Championship will resume at the OTR SuperSprint on August 18-20. Tickets are on sale now.

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