Sam Brabham is set to make his Porsche Carrera Cup GB debut at his home track of Silverstone on 15-16 September, as the 24-year-old returns to competition for the first time in four years with multiple championship-winning team, Redline Racing.
As the Brabham family celebrates 70 years of racing heritage, the third-generation driver will fittingly return to competition with his Porsche Carrera 911 GT3 Cup car sporting a livery inspired by the brand’s rich racing history – the iconic ‘Hissing Sid’, which has donned Sam’s helmet since he started racing, rearing its head on either side of the car.
A Porsche Carrera Cup Scholarship finalist in 2015, Sam is no stranger to the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) support bill. He made his single-seater debut with the MSA Formula Ford championship in 2013, ranking Scholarship runner-up with six class victories, 21 podiums and four fastest laps to his credit.
A multiple outright and class race winner, he became the only family member to win a British Formula Ford race, taking the first wins of his young racing career at Thruxton – a feat achieved just before his legendary grandfather, Sir Jack Brabham passed away in May 2014.
Brabham’s Silverstone homecoming will mark his first competitive foray since his maiden sportscar outing, racing a Radical SR3 alongside Dad, multiple Le Mans winner, David. Since then, Sam has never strayed far from driving or the race track, from coaching clients across single-seater formulas to stunt driving for the Mission Impossible 5 – Rogue Nation film. More recently, he’s been busy testing Brabham Automotive’s first model, the sensational Brabham BT62.
With only a handful of laps aboard a Porsche Carrera 911 GT3 Cup car during his Scholarship endeavours to draw from, Sam knows he faces a steep learning curve getting to terms with the 485hp powerhouse amid battling a well-established 30 plus car field, as a Pro-Am entry.
Although realistic about his expectations, the aspiring sportscar racer will be learning all he can from the invaluable experience ahead of assessing his racing plans for 2019.
Sam Brabham: “To say I’m delighted to be joining Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Silverstone with reigning Team Champions Redline Racing, is an understatement. It has been a long four years out of competitive racing, however, everything I’ve experienced during that time has made me more than ready for this opportunity.
“I’ve wanted to make the switch to sportscars for a long time. I was lucky to be selected as a Porsche Scholarship finalist in 2015, so I at least have that experience under my belt. This will still be a big challenge but I’m ready and extremely excited to get going.”
Simon Leonard, Redline Racing: “We’re thrilled to welcome Sam to the team for his Porsche Carrera Cup GB debut. Sam has shown in his career so far that he is an exceptionally talented driver and we can’t wait to see what he can achieve in a Porsche.
“We’re under no illusions as to the challenge facing Sam as he enters a hugely competitive championship, so we will be working hard to give him the package he needs to get up to speed quickly and enjoy a successful weekend at Silverstone.”
David Brabham: “The last few years have been rather busy for the Brabham name but now it’s great to see Sam heading back to the race track, where he belongs. The announcement of Sam continuing the family racing legacy once again means that the brand continues to evolve through this next exciting chapter of its history.”
Sam is now on the countdown to the official pre-event test day at Silverstone on Wednesday, 12 September, before tackling his first event just three days later. The Porsche Carrera Cup action kicks off with qualifying at 13.00 on Saturday 15 September, followed by two 28-lap races at 11.15 and 16.30 on Sunday.
Source. Brabham/Photo. Sean Bull Design