Former national titleholder and three-times WA champion Brown showed why he will be a major contender for this season’s SSA National Super Sedan Title with a clinical display in round 3 of the series.
Brown won a national super sedan title in 2013-14 and will be eager to add a second Australian crown to his name when the 2016-17 edition is contested later this season in Albany on April 15 and 16.
After making the long trek from Broome to compete on Saturday, Brown was in simply irresistible form as he won all three of his preliminary heat races to start the 25-lap final in pole position.
After racing to the early lead, Brown survived several stoppages to appear destined for a comfortable win in the feature race, but in the closing stages heavy lap traffic played havoc with the leading contingent.
Brown was quickly reeled in by the second-placed Gary Higgs and Dustin Higgs was not far away in third place as they were caught behind several slower cars not on the lead lap.
However, Brown was able to hang on in a thrilling finish, edging out Gary Higgs by 0.452 seconds with Dustin Higgs driving well in the feature race to take third place.
Bert Vosbergen charged through the field to finish a creditable fourth and Ryan Gunson rounded out the top five.
After claiming the first super sedan feature race of the season in Albany, Brown has his sights on a second national crown at Easter.
The other heat races went to Gary Higgs, Kevin Bell and Dustin Higgs.
Meanwhile, the night also doubled as the third round of the Junior Speedway Racing Association Country Super Series, with young star Jake Avins fighting off challengers to win the top stars final.
Avins started the 20-lap final from the front row alongside Jacob Potts and the pair had a terrific battle throughout, but it was Avins who prevailed by just 0.138 seconds on the line. Blake Webb was third ahead of Jorj Park and Alex Fraser.
Jayke Malcolm, Peter Katona, Blake Fletcher, Tyler Fraser and Rahni Musarra rounded out the top 10 while Albany’s Brooke Watson finished in 11th place.
In the new stars final, Bryden Southwell proved too strong for Jhy Pack and Albany’s Bianca Kennedy took the final podium spot on the last lap.
In the support divisions, Sam Jewell was unbeaten in the formula 125s, while visiting driver Rick Musarra won every production sedan event.