Nov 7, 2016
BRABHAM TO RACE AT SYDNEY FINALE
Just months after his breakthrough Indy 500 campaign, Matthew Brabham will return to Australia and race in the Australian Production Series this weekend, as part of the final round of the Shannons Nationals presented by Penrite.
The third-generation star will compete alongside Leigh Burges in the Class B DPO BMW 335i for the final round of the 2016 series at Sydney Motorsport Park.
The 22-year-old mentioned he's looking forward to the experience and cannot wait to race down-under.
“The Aussie Production Car Series has always looked like a lot of fun ... it’s been great to see so many of my buddies I grew up racing karts with in Australia move up through the ranks and become successful in motor sports,” Brabham said.
“I’ve been taking more interest in the series since Aaron Seton, Chaz [Mostert] and Nathan [Morcom] have all done some races - it seems like they have all enjoyed great racing in fun cars and awesome tracks, which makes me want to join in on the action and have some fun myself.
“I will drive anything and I enjoy every aspect of motor racing - this is a fantastic opportunity for me to jump into a car and have another race while I’m back in Australia.”
Brabham will share the car with Leigh Burges, who has a racing background in a wide range of categories including historic, open-wheel and tarmac racing, as well as working as a driver trainer for companies like BMW.
“I believe it will be a great combination, one of my first ever real experiences with a car was at SMSP in a BMW when I was very young and tagging along on some of Dad’s BMW Driver Training days. So it is pretty cool to be back driving with Leigh in a BMW,” Brabham said.
“I’m greatly looking forward to the Enduro style race and swapping in and out with Leigh. I’m grateful that Leigh is willing to share some seat time and let me have a crack.”
Brabham also mentioned he's looking forward to the racing, especially driving the race-winning 6 Hour car.
“When it comes to my expectations for SMSP, I’m not sure exactly what to expect, I’ll be just taking it as it comes and enjoying the weekend," Brabham said.
“Having said that, I am always trying to win every race I’m in! I know Nathan and Chaz have won in the car before so hopefully Leigh and I will do the same."
Aside from IndyCar, Brabham has also been a regular in the Stadium Super Trucks for team TRAXXAS where he finished second in the North American, Australian and overall series.
Brabham will be part of a field of 60+ drivers lining up for the Australian Production Car Series this weekend.