Above: Drivers Lee Holdsworth and Matt Brabham.
Third-generation Australian driver Matt Brabham has signed with Preston Hire Racing for this year’s PIRTEK Enduro Cup in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
Brabham, who will continue to race in the Stadium Super Truck Series in the U.S. and Australia, will co-drive with Lee Holdsworth in the Sandown 500, Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 and Gold Coast 600 as well as participate in an extensive testing and ride-day program. The 23-year-old will take part in the Supercars test day at Sydney Motorsport Park on Friday.
Braham made his Mt. Panorama debut at the Bathurst 12-hour race last week, teaming with veteran Tony Longhurst and Aaron Seton to win Class C in The Boat Works BMW GT4.
“I have been fortunate to have some terrific days in my motorsport career and this is certainly right up there,” Brabham said.
“Supercars is obviously one of the world’s leading categories and I am tremendously grateful for the opportunity that Charlie (Schwerkolt) and Markus (Preston) have provided me.”
In 2017 Brabham competed full-time in the Stadium Super Trucks Championship and made his Supercars debut for Lucas Dumbrell Motorsports in a one-off appearance at Barbagallo Raceway in Perth.
“The one-off ride last year (in Perth) gave me a small taste of what Supercars is about and I can’t wait to get out there,” he added.
Brabham is still hopeful for additional opportunities in IndyCar. He finished 16th in his Indycar debut on the Indianapolis road course in 2016 and two weeks later competed in the 100th running on the Indianapolis 500 for PIRTEK Team Murray, where he finished 22nd.
“The current landscape means that it is difficult to secure a solid drive without taking a check with you,” he admitted.
“So to be provided an opportunity like this and to be paid as a professional driver is a position that I obviously appreciate and will be protecting by doing the best job I can possibly do in and out of the car.
“While the Indy 500 will be there each year, my focus now is doing the best possible job in Supercars for Charlie and the Preston Hire Racing team.
“Patience and persistence are two of the main attributes you need in this business and this deal is proof of that, but it is important to keep moving forward.”
Brabham will remain in Australia for a couple of more weeks and will drive his Stadium Super Truck at the Adelaide 500 on March 1-4.