Driver’s win or bust approach in bid for record

Will Brown says he’s taking a win-or-bust approach in his quest for a second Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series title.

Brown, who won the inaugural 2019 series with HMO Customer Racing in a Hyundai i30 N, is vying for another title win and could become the first to win it twice.

This time, it’s with the Melbourne Performance Center team behind the wheel of an Audi RS 3 LMS.

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Sitting third in the series, Brown is a chance at the title. However, with a 67-point deficit to series leader Tony D’Alberto of Wall Racing, he’ll have to hope results fall his way.

“I’m just going in there to try and win races,” Brown told Wide World of Sports ahead of the final SpeedSeries round.

“I’m not really thinking about it too much. I do enough racing that I’m not really getting caught up in the championship. What will be, will be.

“TD [Tony D’Alberto] – unless something dramatically goes wrong for him, even if he’s not the fastest car out there – he’s just got to finish.

“I know the Peugeots were extremely quick and Jordan Cox is second in the championship. He’ll be excited about that.

“I’m not reading too much into it at this stage. I’m just going there to race as hard as we can.”

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The series will conclude at Mount Panorama as part of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst International.

Already, Brown has had a taste of what might come. The Toowoomba terror finished fourth, 10th, and seventh at the Bathurst 6 Hour earlier this year.

There, the Peugeots dominated proceedings over the Hondas, Audis, and Hyundais.

Of the form guide, Brown said, “You maybe read into it a little bit, but I guess with these cars and BOP [Balance of Performance] changes it can change so much each time you go to the same track.

“It’ll be interesting going there. I think we’ve learned a lot more with the Audi throughout the year between myself and my engineer.

“We should be more competitive there, but I’m sure a lot of other people have learned stuff with their cars as well.

“Obviously, it’s cool to have four different brands in the top four. We’ve noticed this year some cars are more capable, especially the Honda, of finishing top five every weekend but not being the absolute fastest on the weekend.

“It’s just one of those categories where you never know what’s going to get thrown at you on a weekend. You don’t know if you’ll be first or fifth, so it does make it interesting.”

Brown said he’s trying not to look back at his title chase to date, but admitted failing to finish races has hurt his quest.

“It’s just about finishing,” he explained.

“The hardest thing for us, we’ve probably had two or three DNFs that have been at the start of a weekend.

“With not qualifying again and it being a progressive grid, it just hurts your weekend. It’s been a bit of an average year for us in that way, but you have those seasons.”

Practice at the Bathurst International gets underway on Friday, November 11 with qualifying and the first race on Saturday followed by two races on Sunday.

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