Brabham ‘Very Happy’ With Debut Top Six

Matthew Brabham made an instant impact on his debut in the Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship at Silverstone, finishing in sixth place in the competitive 32-car field.

The latest Team USA Scholarship winner was competing in the UK for the first time and despite it being his first race meeting in a BARC car, and his first visit to Silverstone, the American was able to qualify fifth.

After dropping a place on the opening lap of the first race, Brabham was embroiled in a race-long battle with series regulars Ivan Taranov and Kieran Vernon, emerging in front to take a top six finish with Cliff Dempsey Racing.

“It was a lot of fun as the racing was quite tough,” he said. “I was a little nervous as it’s been a long time since I’ve done a standing start, but I got away well. Into the second corner I got a little nudge from behind and went wide. I didn’t lose any positions but I lost a bit of time to the people in front, so the rest of the race I was defending quite hard. The last few laps I managed to get a slight gap and hold my position. I’m very happy to finish sixth. These guys have been racing all year and I still have a lot to learn about these cars and the way these guys race over here.”