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Scott Brown Crowned 2018 NSW Champion
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Thursday, 13 December 2018
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Source: Toby Cooper
Photographers: Jamin Forest, Nathaniel Yarnold

After a narrow second place finish last season, Scott Brown Motorsports led by New South Wales stalwart Scott ‘Scooter’ Brown and long time navigator Tony Burgess #211 entered their 30th year of off road racing searching for an ultimate championship breakthrough.

At the recent Nabiac Airport Challenge held in mid October, Brown and Burgess powered their 1988 Edco Mk 1 #211 Mazda machine to their maiden outright Hunter Rivmasta Racing Products CAMS New South Wales Off Road Championship, which also secured the defence of their Super 1650 Championship title.

The journey to the top step was a reward for many years of hard work and commitment for Brown, who entered 2018 with his respected smile, seeking another consistent season. Determined to overcome a narrow 5 point margin from the previous year, Brown and Burgess flew out of the blocks at the opening Round at Colo Park, a fourth outright and first in class was the perfect reward for the long hours spent in the workshop over the off season.

With the season well underway, Brown ventured to Kempsey in May for one of the teams favourite events, the Dondingalong Challenge. A terrific opening day for Brown and Burgess left them in sixth outright and with a 12 second lead in class at one of the rougher Dondingalongs in memory; a margin that proved unsurmountable, as they cruised to a seventh outright and an impressive second class win of the season.

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The team’s local race, the Milbrodale Mountain Classic, was next up in July where cold conditions greeted a strong field. Brown and Burgess managed to greet the checkered flag to take the outright championship lead, crossing for a spirited eighth outright and second in class behind close friend and rival Richard Wilton. The weekend was not without its dramas, a fan belt fell off on Saturday, luckily within close proximity to the pits causing a five minute stopover.

Heading into the back end of the season, Brown and Burgess had moved 12 points clear in the title race, a similar position to where he stood twelve months prior. After picking up next year’s Chenowth weapon in August, Brown’s attention turned to the tough Kempsey 250, which once again proved to be a true test of man and machine. Brown played the survival game on Saturday, rallying to finish the opening day 12th outright and second in class. Another challenging Sunday unfolded for the team, a broken front shock required Brown to cruise for half a lap back to the pits to fit the spare shock temporarily halting their progression. Thanks to a brilliant pit crew, Brown and Burgess were able to return to the wet Witittrin track, sliding home fifth outright and second in class, boosting their championship ambitions.

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With the unfortunate cancellation of the Warialda 200, Brown and Burgess would once again lead the chasing pack into the season finale at Nabiac. With wet weather forecasted and a jam packed field of entries, there was everything to play for.

A clean run on Saturday saw the #211 home 23rd outright and first in class, though huge overnight rain ensured of an intriguing final day of the 2018 Hunter Rivmasta Racing Products CAMS New South Wales Off Road Championship. Even a change in the schedule on Sunday due to the large amounts of water on the track did not deter Brown and Burgess from their goal of getting to the finish.

Just after lunch on a cool overcast Central North Coast October Sunday in front of family, friends and the New South Wales off road fraternity, Brown and Burgess achieved a 30 year dream – crossing for tenth outright and another class win, securing their maiden Hunter Rivmasta Racing Products CAMS New South Wales Off Road Outright Championship.

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As celebrations commenced, Brown was quick to commend his fellow Super 1650 competitors who pushed him all the way in 2018, especially Richard Wilton who was waiting on the hill taking in the final moments. Brown and Burgess also collected the New South Wales Super1650 crown and East Coast Tri Challenge class silverware to put an exclamation mark on a fabulous season.

2018 was a great year for the Super 1650 class, filling the top four positions outright in the Hunter Rivmasta Racing Products CAMS New South Wales Off Road Championship. It was a battle that went down to the final lap at a soaked Nabiac where Brown came home on top over good mate Richard Wilton, Warren Barron and Penny Ramsay who all had big cracks this year making for some clean, hard racing.

Brown Motorsports cannot achieve these magnificent results without the amazing support of team sponsors, including IGym, Tyre Power South West Rocks, The Chelly Pub in Kurri Kurri, Ron and Pam Schmidt from Racetrans and last but not least Brown’s girlfriend Karina for her tireless efforts during the 2018 season.

Next year Brown will unveil an A arm Chenowth Millennium to which the team are currently fitting a Honda type R 1650 engine to, backed up to an Albins 6 speed trans. Stay tuned for more Brown Motorsports action throughout 2019 via their facebook page as they look to defend their NSW Championship!