MELBOURNE – Third-generation Australian driver Matt Brabham has signed a contract with Preston Hire Racing for this year’s PIRTEK Enduro Cup in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
The deal, which has been brokered by the team’s owner Charlie Schwerkolt, will see Brabham co-drive with Lee Holdsworth in the Sandown 500, the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 and Gold Coast 600, as well as participating in an extensive testing and ride-day program.
Brabham will also continue to compete in the Stadium Super Truck Series in both the United States and Australia.
“I have been fortunate to have some terrific days in my motorsport career and this is certainly right up there,” said Brabham. “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.
“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.”
Brabham competed in karts and Formula Ford in Australia from the age of seven before heading to the U.S., where he won both the USF2000 and the Pro Mazda series championships in record-breaking fashion.
Brabham 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.
Last year he competed full-time in the Stadium Super Trucks series and made his Supercars debut for Lucas Dumbrell Motorsports in a one-off appearance at Barbagallo Raceway in Perth.
Braham made his Mount Panorama debut at the Bathurst 12-hour race last week and teamed with veteran Tony Longhurst and fellow youngster Aaron Seton to win Class C in The Boat Works BMW GT4.
The 23-year-old is the son of 1993 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, 1997 Bathurst 1000 winner and 10-time Indianapolis 500 starter Geoff Brabham and the grandson of three-time world Formula One champion Sir Jack Brabham.