Third generation star Matt Brabham will suit up for the two event Stadium Super Trucks visit to Australia starting this weekend at the Castrol Gold Coast 600 and finishing at Valvoline Raceway, 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, before channeling 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 Stadium Super Trucks in Toronto, Canada earlier this year and to be frank – was overawed by the experience.
“I was walking past 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 his childhood home of the Gold Coast and then heading to Valvoline Raceway in Sydney for a double header with the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship, presented by myPlates and the Daily Telegraph.
“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 storey of the apartments that line the track!” Brabham laughed.
“Heading to Valvoline Raceway will be awesome, Grandad 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, Ashley 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 recognised 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 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 metres high and 80 metres 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 200kph 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 along with testing a Verizon IndyCar Series Honda for Andretti Autosport.
He will arrive in Australia on Thursday after a busy week that will see him perform a ride day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway before a test day at Lucas Oil Raceway on Tuesday.
“The Stadium Super Trucks is a bit of fun and it will be great to be racing back in my Australian home,” Brabham explained. “My goal is still to make the Indianapolis 500 and become just the third third generation driver to start the race. We’re working hard on a deal for the entire season in 2016 but especially the 100th Indianapolis 500.”
The Stadium Super Trucks fire into life next weekend (October 23-25) at the Castrol Gold Coast 600 on the streets of Surfers Paradise before heading to Valvoline Raceway, Wentworth Street, Granville on October 31 for the one-off Sydney event alongside the fourth round of the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship, presented by the Daily Telegraph.
Tickets for both events are available at Ticketek.com.au or at the gate.
Working media are invited to register for media accreditation to the Valvoline Raceway event through this link (NOTE: ACCREDITATION CLOSES THIS FRIDAY): http://stadiumsupertrucks.com.au/media-accreditation/
STADIUM SUPER TRUCKS SCHEDULE – CASTROL GOLD COAST 600 (all times local to Gold Coast – AEDT minus one hour):
Friday, October 23
10:15am-10:35am – Practice
5:45pm-6:05pm – Race 1 (10 laps)
Saturday, October 24
8:45am-9:05am – Practice
12:40pm-1:00pm – Race 2 (10 laps)
Sunday, October 25
8:10am-8:30am – Race 3 (10 laps)
1:00pm-1:20pm – Race 4 (10 laps)
Coverage of the Stadium Super Trucks from the Castrol Gold Coast 600 will be live on Fox Sports 5 throughout the weekend and also carried on Network TEN both Saturday and Sunday.
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