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Maiden Title for Scott Brown Motorsports
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Saturday, 11 November 2017
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Source: Toby Cooper
Photographer: Jamin Forrest and Rachelle Corcoran

As the curtain closed on the 2017 CAMS New South Wales Off Road Championship in Nabiac on the last weekend of October, celebrations begun at Scott Brown Motorsports headquarters as Scott Brown, better known at ‘Scooter’ alongside long time navigator Tony Burgess secured a well deserved Super 1650 state crown. The breakthrough moment has been a long time coming for the New South Wales stalwarts Brown and Burgess who have campaigned their 1988 Edco Mk 1 #211 powered Mazda passionately for almost three decades.

The journey to the top step a reward for many years of hard work and commitment for Brown who entered 2017 with his distinctive smile, hoping to finish ahead of good friend Richard Wilton and long time foe Derek Rose. Introduced to the sport as a 16 year old navigating for multiple HVORRA members, it was not until 1988 when Brown got behind the wheel, rolling out a buggy built with help from mate Ed Cowen.

In a season which begun with a dominant drama free fourth outright and second in class by a mere 6 seconds at a tough, damp Colo Park Challenge, Brown and Burgess greeted the checkered flag on four further occasions - most in a gritty, determined nature which Brown has become renown for across New South Wales. Rolling into a racetrack respected by all, Brown will leave no handshake or conversation untouched as he cherishes every moment with his off road family.

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As satisfying as claiming the Super 1650 State title at Nabiac was for the team Brown, who headed into the final round leading the outright battle departed the Central North Coast Complex with mixed emotions after falling to second outright by a narrow 5 points accumulated across the six events. The weekend started with the team unable to start the Scott Brown Motorsports buggy due to a failed crank angle sensor, as they frantically changed the plugs and sensor Brown steadied the nerves qualifying first in class and 14th outright. Uneventful short course heats saw the #211 consolidate their class lead, and 16th at day’s end, though the two car start Sunday morning for the long course would prove pivotal in the championship showdown.

Heading into the championship finale with the lead it was all about minimising risk for Brown. Starting alongside a UTV proved costly as it used its wheel traction to get the jump ensuring the next few laps were played in thick dust, limiting any chance of Brown making his move. With a fear of championship rivals driving away with the silverware, Brown took a chance to get by the UTV, in doing so struck a large rock destroying the front right suspension and all but ending their outright championship dreams.

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After limping back into the pits for a lengthy repair, Brown managed to return to the track and complete the required laps to lock up the Super 1650 CAMS New South Wales Off Road Championship. A bruised and batted Edco rejoined the circuit for the final section though the brutal, rutted track proved too much for the wounded front end, as they were forced to pit again ultimately succumbing two laps down, third in class and 16th outright.

Scott Brown Motorsports’s quest for silverware which got off to the perfect start at Colo in April returned to Dondingalong in May where the intensity immediately lifted, and after making a slight error off the start Brown ended Day one 19th outright. Sunday the heavens opened up making for treacherous muddy conditions, and on the second last lap with a misfiring engine after making his way through the field Brown slammed a large tree at speed with the front left dropping them to third on the class podium after significant damage and 12th outright.

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A result made sweeter by holding off an old sparring partner Wheelie by just 8 seconds. The seven week turnaround to Round 3 at Milbrodale was to be a good break for Scott Brown Motorsports who had parts to be cut, machined and replaced including a new front end before they hit the famous mountain.

Milbrodale seemingly summed up the season of Scott Brown Motorsports in one round. After a heartbreaking reconnaissance run which saw them with two broken torsion bars requiring another huge effort from the crew, Brown and Burgess spiritedly overcame their mid field start to storm home 12th outright and another class victory. Their resilient never give in attitude ensured they maintained top spot in the class championship battle along with asserting themselves into the mix for outright honours.

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Wittitrin was up next, and following on from their recent win motivation levels were high and with a freshly repaired engine, it turned out to be a pivotal round in the championship. Prologuing in 12th under a beautiful clear sky, Brown would consolidate crossing fifth outright at the completion of Day 1; everything was crossed for a big finish. With dust being the only issue throughout Sunday’s run, Brown and Burgess past the winning post second outright and first in class after a faultless run; a major highlight for 2017.

Warialda started with a bang; quickest Super 1650 in the prologue and across the short course action setting the Scott Brown Motorsports racer up sweetly for the challenging long course heats. The opening heat was uneventful except, for Derek Rose driving through the dust of multiple cars nudging the #211 at over 150kmph – the man was on a mission. Brown started heat two in a hurry, passing three cars early, after encountering an incident on track which required a pit stop. Once back out on track Brown struck a large rock shredding the tyre and all hope of catching Rose. Savouring a result was the aim once the swarm of helpers changed the flat, a clean final lap saw Brown cross 18th outright and second in class enough to put them atop of the outright standings heading into the New South Wales finale.

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So close, yet so far for Brown and Burgess, who would have joined an exclusive list of Super 1650 competitors including Derek Rose and Anthony Lia as NSW outright champions. Nabiac and a stray rock broke the hearts of Brown and his crew in their outright quest, though a terrific season was had by the team with not only the NSW Super 1650 title in the bag, the Scott Brown Motorsports racers were awarded the Super 1650 Tri Challenge and Premier long course silverware. Brown will be back in 2018 to defend his Super 1650 crown in the buggies 30th season, and look to go one step better in chase for NSW Off Roads greatest prize. There is still one event remainin on the calendar this season for Scott Brown Motorsports who will fly into Colo Park for the SCOR Masters finale at the end of the month looking for a clean sweep of class titles.

Brown Motorsports cannot achieve magnificent results without the amazing support of all sponsors, including IGym, J&L Heavy Haulage, Tyre Power South West Rocks, The Chelly Pub in Kurri Kurri and last but not least Ron and Pam Schmidt from Racetrans. Also a huge thank you to the crew Mark, Karen, Tony, Dave and Brown’s girlfriend Karina – without these great people racing doesn’t happen. Stay tuned for more Brown Motorsport action throughout 2018!