28 March, 2013 – Sam Brabham, son of Le Mans 24 Hours winner David Brabham and grandson of three-time World Champion Sir Jack, is to race in the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain, it was confirmed today.
The 18-year-old is set to graduate from senior karting and has signed with reigning champion team JTR. His first race will be at Donington Park next month.
Brabham moves up to Formula Ford following success in junior and senior karting over the last five years. Starting with arrive-and-drive podium form and impressive Mini Max club level results, he quickly underlined his top 10 potential on his 2011 Formula Kart Stars Junior Max debut, and proved more than a match against experienced drivers across British and European Senior Rotax Max events in 2012.
With another steep learning curve ahead adapting to the new EcoBoost-powered Mygale while learning the UK’s top racing circuits, Brabham couldn’t be in better company at JTR as he joins its three-car championship title defence alongside Camren Kaminsky and Dan Cammish.
Following his father into Formula Ford 28 years after David took his first single-seater victory in Australia, Brabham will make his switch with support from Liberty Mutual Insurance, Ellis Clowes, Arbuthnot Latham, Auto Windscreens, Grand Privé and Forresters.
Said Sam Brabham: “It’s a fantastic feeling to be signed with one of the top and most experienced UK Formula Ford teams. Graduating to single-seaters will be my biggest challenge yet, so it’s important for me to be working with a strong team alongside experienced team-mates. I may have been racing only a few years, but the intensive learning curve I’ve encountered will only help me to quickly adapt, get to grips with the EcoBoost-powered JTR Mygale and learn all the top UK circuits.”
Added David Brabham: “It’s great news for Sam to be stepping up from karts to the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship, driving with a team like JTR. It’s a bit of a historical moment for the family as another third-generation driver progresses through the sport. Matthew already has his career well underway and to now have Sam doing the same thing means it’s an exciting time for all the family.”
“We’re extremely excited to be welcoming Sam into our team for 2013,” said JTR’s Nick Tandy. “He has limited race experience but being part of the Brabham family means he’s been in and around motor racing his entire life and he obviously has a great deal of knowledge and experience very close by to help and guide him. JTR will also be using all of our years of training and race-winning expertise to fast-track his learning curve as much as possible and I know the partnership will work very well.
“We’ve taken what was absolutely the right decision to start his season from Donington Park onwards, it will give us all a bit more time to prepare Sam for his car-racing debut and that should pay off over the course of the year.”