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Third generation open wheel star Matt Brabham will suit up for the two-race Stadium Super Trucks stint in his homeland of Australia, starting this weekend at the Castrol Gold Coast 600 and finishing at Valvoline Raceway in Sydney on October 31.
The 21-year-old, who now lives in sight of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, will return to the streets of his childhood home for the first event and then hopes to channel the beginnings of his illustrious grandfather — Sir Jack Brabham’s — career on the dirt.
The youngster, who was a student at The Southport School (TSS) on the Gold Coast, had his first taste of the mighty Stadium Super Trucks in Toronto, Ontario, Canada earlier this year and was overawed by the experience.
“I was walking in Toronto and Robby [Gordon] said, ‘Matty — have you got your helmet here?’ and I was like, ‘Yep’ and next thing you know I was flying through the air!” Brabham said. “It is completely nuts. I’ve seen the Stadium Super Trucks do their thing countless times on street circuits as part of the Verizon IndyCar Series and it’s seriously cool, but facing those jumps from behind the wheel — they are triple the size they look from the outside!”
Brabham is looking forward to returning to the Gold Coast, before then heading to Valvoline Raceway in Sydney for the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship presented by myPlates and the Daily Telegraph doubleheader special in addition to hopping back in the Stadium Super Truck.
“I raced in Formula Ford on the Gold Coast in 2010, but this will be unique — especially being eyeball to eyeball with the fans on the third story of the apartments that line the track!” Brabham laughed. “Heading to Valvoline Raceway will be awesome. Granddad started his career at the Sydney Showground in Midget racing, so for the myPlates Stadium Super Trucks to be alongside the Ultimate Sprintcars will be a real thrill.”
On his first and only appearance at the Gold Coast 600 in Formula Ford, Brabham raced against current V8 Supercars stars Chaz Mostert, Cameron Waters, Ash Walsh and Jack LeBrocq, along with Porsche Carrera Cup front-runners Nick Foster and Shae Davies.
The battle is setup to be a classic Australia versus America showdown with INDYCAR, NASCAR and off-road legend Robby Gordon leading “Team America” and Brabham saddling up alongside 2014 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 Champion Paul Morris and internationally recognized extreme athlete Matt Mingay.
“I’ve got a foot in both camps, but I think with plenty of my mates on the sidelines — many that haven’t seen me race before — I’ll be firmly in Team Australia,” admitted Brabham, referencing his dual nationality due to having been born in America.
“I think if I don’t align with the Aussies that Paul Morris will come chasing me — that’s enough to scare anyone!”
The 600-horsepower Stadium Super Trucks jump up to 10 meters high and 80 meters long as they soar over their purpose built ramps before landing on the ‘cushions’ of their King Springs. They are expected to approach their top speed of 200 kph at both the Gold Coast and Valvoline Raceway. The Valvoline Raceway event is being promoted by TEG Live and is presented by myPlates and the Daily Telegraph.
Brabham has driven a variety of machinery over the last 12 months, including the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship and a Verizon IndyCar Series Honda during a test session for Andretti Autosport.
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