PERTH, Australia – PIRTEK Team Murray’s Matt Brabham will make his Virgin Australia Supercars Series debut in the Perth Super Sprint Barbagallo Raceway this weekend for Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport.
The last-minute call up comes almost a year to the day since Brabham made his Verizon IndyCar Series debut in the Indianapolis Grand Prix – two weeks before making his debut in the 100th edition of the Indianapolis 500.
Brabham, 23, received the last minute call up from Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport and car owner Phil Munday after the late withdrawal of Taz Douglas due to long-term family wedding commitment.
The deal was penned Thursday morning and Brabham had his license approved by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sports (CAMS) Thursday afternoon.
Brabham spent Thursday afternoon at the LDM garage at Barbagallo getting comfortable in the No. 3 Repair Management Australia Commodore.
Brabham, the grandson of three-time Formula One champion Sir Jack Brabham and son of 10-time Indianapolis 500 starter and Le Mans 24-hour winner Geoff Brabham, is in Perth for a round of Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Truck Series.
Brabham’s program will be aided by Supercars veteran and former Bathurst winner Paul Morris, who will spend the weekend in the LDM garage helping Brabham come to grips with the Supercar.
Morris is also part of the SST Series where he spends a lot of time with Brabham in Australia and the US.
“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.
“We had a test lined-up with one of the front-running Supercar teams last year, but unfortunately time beat us and we never got it done.
“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.
“I will be out there with plenty of guys I used to race karts against so it should be cool.”
Dumbrell has run two cars in this year’s championship for Douglas and West Australian teenager Alex Rullo, who will drive a Supercar in front of a home crowd for the first time this weekend.
“Matt is obviously a very talented young driver and probably deserves to be in the IndyCar Series full-time given what he has done to this point,” said Dumbrell. “When we knew that Taz was not going be available because of a family wedding we started looking at a possible replacement and Matt was on the radar.
“To have a member of the Brabham family, which really is motorsport royalty in this country and abroad, is pretty cool.”