Brown set to become new Supercars star
Supercars is crying out for a new hero after Scott McLaughlin's exit to America and Jamie Whincup's looming switch to management.
But Erebus rookie Will Brown could be about to give it to them.
The exuberant 23-year-old has only got better the longer his first season has gone.
After claiming his first Supercars win in Sydney last month, where he stood on the podium looking down on Whincup and champion-elect Shane van Gisbergen either side of him, Brown has taken that form to Bathurst.
On Friday, Brown became the youngest driver to claim provisional pole at Mount Panorama for the Great Race.
After securing top spot ahead of Saturday's top-10 shootout, Brown delivered an unforgettable response: "I said to (race engineer) Tommy (Moore) I grew some big balls and had a dip out there."
This is the Commodore driver's first Bathurst 1000 as the main driver, after co-driver between 2018 and 2020.
Brown is making his mark as Supercars prepares for a new era, with the category to introduce its Gen3 Ford Mustangs and Chevrolet Camaro for the 2023 season.
McLaughlin's combination of talent and charisma has left a hole in the series this year after three-straight titles for Shell V-Power.
Whincup will take over as Red Bull Ampol boss from the unparalleled Roland Dane after Sunday's Great Race.
At 32, van Gisbergen is closer to the end of his career than the start as he prepares to be crowned Supercars champion for the second time.
Teenager Broc Feeney will step into Whincup's Red Bull seat next year, but he seems up to the daunting task of replacing the most-decorated Supercars driver of all-time.
Feeney's wildcard entry in this year's Bathurst 1000 shapes as one of the more interesting storylines of the weekend.
He was just three-years-old when his co-driver Russell Ingall won the 2005 championship and not even born when the man they call the 'Enforcer' secured his Bathurst titles in 1995 and 1997.
Aged 57, Ingall is back for his first appearance at Mount Panorama since 2016 when he failed to finish with Rick Kelly.
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