Matt­thew Brab­ham

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Matthew Brab­ham is 20. He was born in Boca Ra­ton, Florida, and is cur­rently rac­ing for An­dretti Au­tosport in Indy Lights

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Matthew is the grand­son of Sir Jack Brab­ham and the son of Ge­off Brab­ham, who won the 1993 Le Mans 24 Hours and set­tled in the USA while rac­ing in the IMSA sport­scar cham­pi­onship be­fore re­turn­ing to Aus­tralia. Matthew started kart­ing aged seven and grad­u­ated to For­mula Ford aged 16. Like his cousin, Sam (son of David Brab­ham and nephew of Mike Thack­well), he en­joys the sup­port of the Bri­tish Rac­ing Driv­ers Club as one of their nom­i­nated Ris­ing Stars.

What’s he been do­ing re­cently?

He’s been carv­ing an im­pres­sive ca­reer in sin­gle-seaters in the USA. He won the US For­mula Ford 2000 Cham­pi­onship in 2012 and the Pro Mazda Cham­pi­onship in 2013, and was named Rookie of the Year in both se­ries. He’s cur­rently rac­ing in Indy Lights, the se­nior IndyCar feeder se­ries. He won FF2000 de­ci­sively enough to be granted a $350,000 schol­ar­ship un­der the ‘Road to Indy’ pro­gramme. And he was dom­i­nant in Pro Mazda last year, win­ning 13 of 16 rounds and miss­ing the podium just once. He’s an Indy Lights win­ner, and was beaten into sec­ond place by just 0.005secs in a round at In­di­anapo­lis Mo­tor Speed­way the Satur­day af­ter Sir Jack’s death. His win at the Brick­yard in early May makes him the only Brab­ham to have claimed vic­tory at that cir­cuit. Not im­me­di­ately – he’s very fo­cused on reach­ing IndyCar. But he’s proved he’s got the skills to win on road cour­ses as well as ovals, and sev­eral driv­ers have made the switch over to For­mula 1 in the past.

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