Eggleston Motorsport reveals fresh talent for 2017
Dunlop Super2 Series
By Courtney Callow
Reigning CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 and Toyota 86 Racing Series Champion Will Brown will drive an Eggleston Motorsport Holden Commodore for the 2017 Dunlop Super2 Series campaign.
The 18-year-old racer will join recently announced reigning CAMS Australian Endurance Champion Nathan Morcom as part of Eggleston Motorsport’s Super2 line-up for this season.
Both drivers will make their Dunlop Super2 debut at the season-opening Clipsal 500 in Adelaide next month.
The young gun joins the team after winning the Invitational Class of the Bathurst 12 Hour in a MARC Cars Ford Focus.
Brown became one of only five drivers in Australian racing history to achieve two national circuit racing titles in one year in 2016 and emphasised his start in the Super2 Series as an exciting stepping stone towards his dream to race in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
“I’m really focused on building a career for myself in the sport here in Australia and the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship is definitely my eventual goal,” Brown said.
“You really need to be in the Dunlop Super2 Series to learn all of the things you need to be successful down the track and you need to do it with a great team with proven equipment – and that’s what we have done by signing with Eggleston Motorsport.”
The Toowoomba-native said he is grateful for the opportunity and understands his debut season will be a massive learning curve.
“I know I have a lot to learn and the best way to approach the year is to be a human sponge. I’ll be soaking up as much as I can about every facet of Supercars racing and putting every bit of energy into making the most of this great opportunity,” Brown added.
Eggleston Motorsport Team Manager Rachael Eggleston said the addition of Brown to the squad’s driver roster for the Dunlop Super2 Series is a great fit.
“Having young and fresh new talent is hugely exciting for our team in a season when we also welcome our new Triple Eight equipment,” Eggleston said.
Eggleston said Brown caught their eye as ‘serious talent’ at the team’s evaluation day at Winton last year.
“We ran a driver evaluation day with Will at the end of 2016 and were impressed with how quickly he got up to speed in the car and adapted to the power, weight and braking of a Supercar.
“We are always thinking big picture and there is no doubt Will has shown he is a serious talent and will be one to watch on the Australian motorsport scene after his success in the past year especially.”
Brown added he believes Eggleston Motorsport is the right environment for his rookie season.
“I drove one of their older generation cars at Winton last year and, apart from being impressed by the car and its preparation, the approach of Ben and Rachael Eggleston and their entire team is impressive too, creating the right sort of environment for a developing driver,” Brown continued.
While Eggleston acknowledged the challenges Brown will face, she emphasised her confidence in the newest member of the team.
“He has been at the front in everything he has driven so far and, while we are all under no illusion how challenging the Dunlop Super2 Series is, we are confident that he will adapt to car well and be challenging in the top five during the season,” Eggleston said.
“There is no doubt he is as eager as we are for success and we hope to spring a few surprises in 2017 with our new driver line up.”