Sydney Supercars: Brown wins nail-biting finale

Will Brown is officially a Supercars race winner after holding off a warring Triple Eight pair in the final heat at Sydney Motorsport Park.

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The Erebus driver filtered to the top of the order during the stops, benefiting from the undercut after stopping early, Lap 13, and only taking on two tyres.

That should have left him vulnerable to early pacesetters Jamie Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen late in the race, as they stopped on Laps 16 and 19 respectively for three new tyres each.

That's exactly how it looked as if it would play out in the final stint, the T8 pair showing enough pace to run down Brown's six-second lead.

However an epic intra-team battle between the two Red Bull drivers slowed that progress, Whincup ignoring calls from the pits to let van Gisbergen past and even running his Kiwi teammate wide several times as they bashed doors.

They eventually settled into a rhythm, Whincup leading van Gisbergen despite those calls to let him through, but fell just short of running Brown down.

That meant a sensational first win for the likeable rookie, which he celebrated with some impressive circle work. 

"I was shitting myself a little bit when they were catching me," he said. 

"I thought, 'it's on here'. I thought if I could back them into each other they would dog fight against themselves, which is what ended up happening. 

"The best part was getting to do burnouts [at the finish], that was sick."

It was a strong showing for the Holden teams, Brad Jones Racing pair Nick Percat and Todd Hazelwood and Team 18's Scott Pye rounding out the top six.

Cameron Waters was the best-placed Mustang in seventh ahead of Chaz Mostert and the in-form Anton De Pasquale. The Race 1 and 2 winner looked to have exhausted his limited tyre bank ahead of the final race and struggled for grip, particularly in the second stint.

Van Gisbergen continues to lead Whincup in the standings by 337 points, and also holds a 43-point lead over De Pasquale in the $25,000 Sydney Cup.

There are two races left in the Sydney swing.

Race results:

Cla # Driver Car Gap
1 9 Australia Will Brown Holden Commodore ZB  
2 88 Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore ZB 0.281
3 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 0.522
4 8 Australia Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 6.468
5 14 Australia Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 7.413
6 20 Australia Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 12.169
7 6 Australia Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 13.584
8 25 Australia Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 15.005
9 11 Australia Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 16.128
10 5 Australia Jack Le Brocq Ford Mustang GT 20.193
11 99 Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 22.603
12 17 Australia Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 22.778
13 44 Australia James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 24.005
14 2 Australia Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 25.623
15 96 Australia Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 31.287
16 34 Australia Jake Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 36.550
17 35 Australia Zane Goddard Holden Commodore ZB 36.551
18 22 Australia Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore ZB 37.599
19 18 Australia Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 38.308
20 3 Australia Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT 38.644
21 4 Australia Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 38.718
22 19 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore ZB 41.692
23 26 Australia Luke Youlden Ford Mustang GT 44.392
24 7 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner Ford Mustang GT 46.693
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