BRABHAM IN AT LDM
The most famous name in Australian motor racing, Brabham, is poised to return to professional racing this weekend, with Matt Brabham set to make his Supercars debut at Barbagallo Raceway.
The third-generation driver is expected to make his Supercars debut aboard the LD Motorsport Commodore that has been raced this season by Taz Douglas.
However Auto Action understands that there is some difficulty in ensuring that Brabham will satisfy the requirements of securing a Superlicence to compete in the round.
His recent racing experience, which includes Stadium Supertrucks, Production Cars and IndyCars, do not automatically satisfy the minimum requirements laid down by CAMS to have a Superlicence issued.
Brabham, 23, would require an exemption to be issued, in much the same way as Simona de Silvestro needed to have a Superlicence specifically issued, in spite of her experience in IndyCar and Formula E.
Brabham, who competed in last year’s Indianapolis 500, would be the third generation of his family to compete in Touring Cars in Australia.
His grandfather Sir Jack last famously raced in the 1976 Bathurst 1000 with Stirling Moss. Brabham’s father Geoff and uncle David, both Le Mans 24 Hour winners, won the Bathurst 1000 in 1997, driving a BMW, after their teammates were disqualified for overstepping the maximum time a driver was permitted to remain in a car.
Date posted: May 4, 2017