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Brown wins Supercars Race 8 in Taupo


Queensland's Will Brown has beaten Broc Feeney in a tense battle to win the Taupō Super400 finale, with Anton De Pasquale taking the Jason Richards Memorial Trophy.


Brown overtook Feeney with nine laps remaining to claim the lead, following a tight contest which saw the two Red Bull Ampol Camaros run side-by-side on numerous occasions.


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De Pasquale finished a distant third to claim the Richards Trophy, emulating former Shell V-Power Racing Team driver Scott McLaughlin, who won in 2018.


"I was trying not to use the front bar on him," said Brown, who claimed his third win of the season after only eight races


"Mega day, thanks to everyone at Red Bull Ampol, that was awesome. I hope everyone enjoyed it, had a lot of fun with Broc there.


"I might have touched him once, but I was trying not to, but it was hard to resist when you're in a battle like that. Great, great fun. That's the best race of my life."


Pole-sitter Matt Payne was first turn 1 ahead of Feeny and Brodie Kostecki fourth behind De Pasquale.


Celebration time for Will Brown as he won race eight at Taupo, his third victory of the season. PHOTO: SUPERCARS

Behind them, Chaz Mostert was boxed in and dropped from ninth to 15th by the end of the first lap,


Payne opened up a 1.6 seconds lead over Feeney by lap 6, with Kostecki behind followed by Brown who then passed Kostecki on lap 9, and set off after the leaders.


Payne began to hit tyre trouble and was initially passed by Feeney on lap 11, before retaking the lead. Feeney eventually got past, leaving Payne vulnerable to De Pasquale and Brown behind.


In lap 52, Feeney bowled a wide into Turn 5, opening the door to Brown to take the lead, with the points leader opening up a 1.6s lead by lap 57.



Behind them, Mostert dropped behind Golding, with Heimgartner Ford in a bid to keep his Richards Trophy hopes alive. However, the Kiwi fell one position short as Brown claimed victory by 3.3585s, with De Pasquale 14.2612s back in third.


Payne, Golding, Heimgartner, Mostert, Le Brocq, Cam Waters and Wood rounded out the top 10, with Kostecki dropping from 10th to 12th after being penalised over a late clash with Richie Stanaway.


The inaugural Taupō Super400 drew a crowd of 67,411 spectators over the three days of competition.


The 2024 Supercars Championship continue in Perth from May 17-19. .

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