Matt Brabham will serve as Lee Holdsworth’s co-driver in this year’s Supercars endurance races, Charlie Schwerkolt Racing has announced.
Brabham (pictured above, with Schwerkolt), the grandson of three-time Formula 1 World Champion Sir Jack Brabham, will line up alongside Holdsworth in the team’s #18 Preston Hire Holden ZB Commodore at the Sandown 500, Bathurst 1000 and Gold Coast 600 events which form the Pirtek Enduro Cup.
“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,” team owner Charlie Schwerkolt said.
“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.”
The youngster will be looking to add his name to the family’s proud history at Mount Panorama, where his father Geoff and uncle David combined to win the 1997 Bathurst 1000 run to Super Touring regulations.
The 24-year-old has already enjoyed podium success at the Bathurst circuit, partnering Aaron Seton and Tony Longhurst to claim Class C honours in the recent Bathurst 12 Hour event.
Brabham’s co-driver outings follow on from a one-off appearance he made last year for the struggling LD Motorsport outfit at the Perth SuperSprint. He is hoping to use this hit-out in a more competitive outfit to prove that he warrants consideration for a full-time drive in 2019.
“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,” Brabham said.
“I had my first experience at Mount 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,” he added, expanding on his hopes of a full-time drive next year.
“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.”
Brabham takes over co-driver duties from Karl Reindler, who acted as co-driver with Holdsworth for the past two seasons.
|2018 Australian Supercars Championship – Pirtek Enduro Cup Entry List|
|#||Team / Entry||Driver||Co-Driver|
|023.||23Red Racing||Will Davison|
|1.||Triple Eight Race Engineering||Jamie Whincup||Paul Dumbrell|
|2.||Walkinshaw Andretti United||Scott Pye|
|5.||Tickford Racing||Mark Winterbottom||Dean Canto|
|6.||Tickford Racing||Cameron Waters||James Moffat|
|7.||Nissan Motorsport||Ash Walsh|
|8.||Brad Jones Racing||Nick Percat|
|9.||Erebus Motorsport||David Reynolds||Luke Youlden|
|12.||DJR Team Penske||Fabian Coulthard|
|14.||Brad Jones Racing||Tim Slade|
|15.||Nissan Motorsport||Rick Kelly|
|17.||DJR Team Penske||Scott McLaughlin||Alexandre Prémat|
|18.||Charlie Schwerkolt Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Matthew Brabham|
|19.||TEKNO Autosports||Jack Le Brocq|
|21.||Tim Blanchard Racing (BJR)||Tim Blanchard|
|22.||Walkinshaw Andretti United||James Courtney|
|23.||Nissan Motorsport||Michael Caruso|
|33.||Garry Rogers Motorsport||Garth Tander||Chris Pither|
|34.||Garry Rogers Motorsport||James Golding||Richard Muscat|
|35.||Matt Stone Racing||Todd Hazelwood|
|55.||Tickford Racing||Chaz Mostert||Steve Owen|
|56.||Tickford Racing||Richie Stanaway|
|78.||Nissan Motorsport||Simona de Silvestro|
|97.||Triple Eight Race Engineering||Shane van Gisbergen||Earl Bamber|
|99.||Erebus Motorsport||Anton de Pasquale||Will Brown|
|888.||Triple Eight Race Engineering||Craig Lowndes||Steven Richards|
Images via Keith McInnes Photography and Team 18