Matthew Brabham will make his Virgin Australia Supercars Championship debut as a last-minute replacement this weekend at the Perth SuperSprint.
The 23-year-old Brabham, who is in Perth to compete in Stadium Super Trucks series, has a deal with Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport to replace Taz Douglas, who was racing on a round-by-round deal, the team confirmed. He has been given the green-light by CAMS to compete.
“Obviously this has all come together at the last minute and has been a bit of a surprise, but we will give it the best shot we can,” said Brabham. “When Phil [Munday] rang to see if I was interested it was obviously from way left field, but exciting at the same time. Phil has a track record of supporting young drivers in the sport and this is just another example and I am looking forward to rewarding his faith in me.”
Fellow Super Truck racer and 2014 Bathurst 1000 winner Paul Morris will help Brabham acclimate to the track and driving style.
“I am under no illusions about the expectations this weekend, but if I can get a bit of exposure for LDM and get a few laps under my belt in a Supercar then it works for all the stakeholders,” Brabham said. “I will be out there with plenty of guys I used to race karts against so it should be cool.”
Brabham has previously raced karts and Formula Fords in Australia against several members of the field.
“Someone like Chaz Mostert I raced against from when I was seven years old in karts on the Gold Coast,” Brabham told Supercars.com. “We’d used to play 44 homes and tiggy in the playground and then run out and race on the track. It’s been cool to see guys like him, Cameron Waters, Scott McLaughlin, all those guys progress and do so well in Supercars.
“I’ve loved keeping an eye on their progress so to be here and join them on track is very exciting.”
Brabham’s father Geoff and uncle David won the 1997 Super Tourer Bathurst 1000, 21 years after Sir Jack Brabham competed in the race in a Holden Torana.