Family, friends and fans just hoped the likeable racer would wake up ok and be strong enough to make some sort of recovery.
What has happened in the months since then has been nothing short of remarkable and it will be a very emotional time when Brown lines up for his first race in the AJ Cochrane and Sons Formula 500 series here at the Motorplex this Saturday night.
After the crash he was placed in an induced coma so his body could deal with a diffused axonal trauma which is where the brain bounced around inside his skull as a result of heavy acceleration and deceleration.
To put it in perspective the injury is very similar to what Formula 1 racer Jules Bianchi recently suffered and only about 10 per cent of people escape without any side-effects.
Brown was fortunate not to have bleeding on the brain and remarkably the rest of his body remained relatively injury free.
He was in hospital and rehabilitation for a month and as soon as possible he set out on the grueling road to recovery.
“In the lead up to the accident I was training pretty hard, doing a lot running and was really fit and that was something the doctors said that saved me,” Brown said.
“They said because I was so fit it sped up my recovery heaps and saved my life basically.
“The good thing for me is I don’t remember any of it.
“It was way harder for family and friends and my partner…for me, I just woke up in rehab and that was it.”
The seriousness of the injury has not been lost on Brown or his family and he has to promise medical staff that he wouldn’t consume alcohol for at least a year.
“I am not a big drinker anyway and it makes you realise how alcohol can affect your brain and with an injury like that you have to be careful.”
After the crash the chassis was repaired and mid-way through the year there were thoughts of going racing again.
But first Brown had to get other things in order, including passing tests to drive a truck and run his transport business.
After getting physically stronger for the last three to four months the decision was made to return to the race car.
A priority was to get a new engine and the team enlisted the help of Stephen Bell for that as the engine they used last year has now been phased out.
It all came to fruition on Wednesday night for a practice session at the Motorplex.
“Once I got back in the car and put my helmet on and the lights went green I went to the top of the track and got going,” Brown said.
“I was more nervous in the couple of weeks leading up to this point as we were getting everything ready and if we were able to do that or not.”
The biggest concern was if the brain would function quick enough to handle the demands of racing again and now that box is ticked it is all systems go for Saturday night.
“I don’t really have any concerns about getting hurt, I can’t remember anything of it.
“It was just basically like I have had a year off and I was going racing again.”
The comeback will be a little short-lived however and after this weekend you won’t see him in the car again until early 2015.
“I was laying in hospital and watching Home Alone and realised I had never seen snow so I thought a White Christmas would be awesome.”
From there the plan was hatched that will soon see Brown and his partner head to America and make it a reality.
“We will miss the next three shows at the Motorplex and will use the second half of the season to really get going again and dial in the car.”
But right now the former Australian champion is focused on getting back to doing what he does best – racing the #4 machine as hard as possible and you just know the crowd will be by his side, watching his every move with excitement.
Make sure you are trackside to be part of the action.
Welcome back Matt Brown!