Erebus' Brown sprints to Supercars win in Tasmania
Erebus' Will Brown has secured an impressive Supercars win from pole in the Tasmania Supersprint opener in a race marred by early carnage.
Brown set the early pace at Symmons Plains and did not relinquish his lead, finishing in front of Andre Heimgartner in second and two-time defending champion Shane van Gisbergen in third.
It was the 24-year-old's second win of the season after prevailing during the second race of the Perth round last month.
"Andre was hustling at the end, I could see he was catching me a bit, I was trying to save my tyres," Brown said.
"It was definitely squirming around at the end ... I knew once I got off the line and saw the guys fighting behind me, I had to stay out there and watch for the undercut.
"I'm ecstatic, it's awesome to get another win."
But the day did not go so well for Brown's Coca Coca Racing teammate Brodie Kostecki, who was involved in an incident early in the race.
The championship leader dropped several laps after contact with Tickford's Cameron Waters, while two-time Bathurst 1000 winner Chaz Mostert was wiped out altogether after a clash with Red Bull Ampol young gun Broc Feeney.
"We made contact which sucks because it put him (Mostert) out of the race and put me way out the back which was frustrating," Feeney said.
Kostecki and Mostert started the day first and second in the championship but his advantage in the title race was cut to 74 points due to van Gisbergen's podium.
Action will resume on Sunday for qualifying for the second race of the weekend, immediately followed by another session to decide the grid for the third sprint.
TASMANIA SUPERSPRINT RACE ONE
1. Will Brown (Coca Cola Racing)
2. Andre Heimgartner (Brad Jones Racing)
3. Shane van Gisbergen (Red Bull Ampol)
4. Cam Waters (Tickford Racing)
5. Scott Pye (Team 18)