International driver, Matt Brabham had a positive experience in his GT3 debut in a weekend of mixed results for CRP Racing at the Pirelli World Challenge in Portland Oregon.
In the first race of the weekend the DeVilbiss-backed AMG-GT3 team qualified third, ultimately finishing fourth in class and seventh overall after a wheel gun problem in a pitstop.
Brabham started today’s second race from eighth, before being forced wide to avoid an incident at the start and falling back through the field.
The Stadium SUPER Trucks championship leader was able to claw back several places before pitting and handing over to teammate and regular driver Daniel Morad.
Morad started to make an impression before an incident with a backmarker forced him to retire. Morad was checked and cleared from the medical centre.
While this was Brabham’s first taste of a GT3 car, he was part of the Class C Bathurst 12 hour win with Tony Longhurst and Aaron Seton in The Boat Works GT4 BMW M4 earlier this year.
The 24-year-old now flies back to Australia to jump in the Preston Hire Racing Commodore he will share with Lee Holdsworth in the three PIRTEK Enduro Cup races later this year.
Brabham will get some valuable seat time in the Preston Hire Holden in the 30-minute co-driver session planned for Friday morning as part of the Ipswich SuperSprint at Queensland Raceway.
He will also be involved in a corporate ride day with Preston Hire Racing on Monday and The Boat Works team on Wednesday.
Brabham will also be with the team for the Supercars event at Sydney Motorsport Park on August 4 and then another corporate ride day.
After a two month break, Stadium SUPER Trucks will take to Road America (August 24th-25th), where Brabham looks to capitalise on his strong standing in the championship.
Brabham’s 2018 campaigns are supported by the Preston Group, DeVilbiss, Gale Pacific, Coolaroo, The Boat Works, PIRTEK and the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, of which he is a proud ambassador.
WHAT MATT HAS TO SAY…
“There was a lot of potential to get a result all weekend but we had a bit of bad luck,” said Brabham of his GT3 debut.
“Daniel (Morad) was super helpful all weekend and I learned a lot from him. He could not have been better helping me get up to speed.
“This weekend was definitely positive for me. It was great to get in the AMG-GT3. It drives really smooth. I had to alter my driving style a bit, but it was really nice to drive.
“It was great to be a part of the team and have the opportunity to race with them thanks to DeVilbiss and team owner Nick Short.
“I am looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of the Supercar this weekend and working with all the Preston Hire Racing guests through the weekend.”