14/04/2024

Will Brown won his second race of the 2024 season. Image: Supercars

Will Brown continued Triple Eight’s run of form by taking out the second race of the weekend in Melbourne, while a late error from Broc Feeney prevented another one-two finish.

Brown got the jump on pole-sitter Cam Waters, getting past him at the first corner. He said that was crucial to the result.

“I knew I had to get past Cam pretty quickly to save the tyres around here,” he said.

“I wanted to get to the lead, then be able to maintain it from there. I got a really good start and then managed to do that the whole time while these guys were scrapping behind me. I actually enjoyed watching it!”

Brown led from the first lap to the end, mimicking his teammate’s performance yesterday. He stressed the importance of switching on quickly in the short qualifying sessions.

“I think qualifying is crucial,” he said.

“I think we saw in the last two races, look how the guy up front can manage it and also just being in clean air, you don’t get the tyre degradation.”

Waters, having been passed for the lead on lap one, was passed for second by Feeney on lap six. When Waters tried to get back past at turn 12, the car squirmed and he dropped back to sixth.

He eventually finished in seventh, an opportunity missed to convert and finally gain some traction in the drivers’ standings.

On the penultimate lap, Feeney made a mistake and ran deep at turn 13, losing two positions and finishing in fourth.

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Mark Winterbottom had a fantastic qualifying the day prior. Starting fourth, he took advantage of the incidents for Waters and Feeney to finish second.

It was another action-packed race, with the drivers pushing to make up spots in the short 30-minute sprints. Winterbottom was complimentary of the unique race format that sees no pit stops take place.

“The passes, the urgency and the chaos going on.” he said, “It’s actually really good fun, because we’re all pushing as hard as we can, but there’s not really anyone taking each other out.

“I think that’s the best racing we’ve seen in this category for a long time.”

Payne worked his way up to a second consecutive podium finish despite contact with Anton de Pasquale early in the race.

The two locked wheels entering turn 4 on the first lap and the damage to De Pasquale’s car put him out of the race. But it could’ve been worse for Payne.

“I had two spokes missing out of my right front wheel,” Payne said.

“I think I was on the outside of three and wasn’t really willing to give up my spot, he crowded me out, so I sort of said, well, I’m gonna just pitch it in here.

“It was kinda weird because we locked wheels, and then the steering just came out my hands and that’s why we ended up so wide. I was really lucky to make it home on that wheel.”

Will Davison was fifth, with Nick Percat finishing in sixth in another solid result for the Matt Stone Racing driver.

Brown now leads the championship, with Feeney 18 points behind.

Chaz Mostert finished 17th, down from 9th on the grid, but remains in third place in the standings.

Race 6 of the Supercars Championship takes place on Saturday at 5:35pm.

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