The Brabham name has joined the 2013 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford grid, as son of Le Mans 24 hour winner David and grandson of three time Formula One World Champion Jack, Sam Brabham has joined reigning champion team JTR.
The 18-year-old will make his Formula Ford bow at Donington next month.
Brabham joins the series following success in both junior and senior karting. After racing in ‘arrive-and-drive’ karts he graduated to the Mini Max club level, before impressing on his Formula Kart Stars Junior Max debut in 2011.
“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.” said Sam.
Sam has followed in his fathers foot steps, as dad David drove in the Australian version of the series twenty eight years ago.
“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.” said David.
“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.” he concluded.
Sam joins Camren Kaminsky and Dan Cammish as JTR attempt to retain the Formula Ford title.