Preston Hire Racing have announced third-generation Australian driver Matt Brabham to replace another West Australian to join Lee Holdsworth for the 2018 Pirtek Enduro Cup.
The last two years West Australian Karl Reindler was Holdsworth’s co-driver, but in 2018, he will be replaced by a well-known Australian motorsport name, Matt Brabham.
Brabham raced for Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport last year at his home round, Perth Super Sprint, when the vacant seat needed a driver for that round.
He is the son of 1993 Le Mans 24-hour winner, 1997 Bathurst 1000 winner and 10-time Indy 500 starter Geoff Brabham and the grandson of 3 time world Formula One champion, Sir Jack Brabham.
The 23 year old will join Holdsworth in the team’s new ZB Commodore at the Supercars test day at Sydney Motorsport Park this Friday.
“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.
“I had my first experience at Mt Panorama last weekend in the 12 Hour and to know that the next time I will be heading back there will be in a Supercar is pretty cool.
“Lee (Holdsworth) is a first-class operator and has always been good to me and I am sure we will complement each other.
“The current landscape means that it is difficult to secure a solid drive without taking a cheque with you.
“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.”
Team boss Charlie Schwerkolt sees Brabham as a hot young prospect to partner Holdsworth, and could be a future full-time driver in future year.
“There is no greater name in Australian motorsport than Brabham and we are delighted that Matt has accepted our invitation to become a part of the Preston Hire Racing operation,” said Schwerkolt.
“Matt is a terrific young driver and young man and we believe he will be a valuable asset for our race team as we all progress to the next level.
“Matt is a racer. It goes without saying that it is in his blood and we believe that he will perfectly complement our full-time driver Lee Holdsworth.
“We are proud of the fact that we are giving a young Australian a shot and we also look forward to following his progress in the Stadium Super Trucks through the year.”