Time has beaten Matt Brabham to become comfortable in the Preston Hire Racing Supercar and he will not compete in this year’s PIRTEK Enduro Cup as a co-driver.
Brabham will now concentrate on winning this year’s Stadium Super Truck championship, which he leads by 30 points and which continues at Road America in Wisconsin on August 24-25 where it will run with the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
He will also be exploring several other US, European and Asian-based sportscar opportunities, which had previously been put on hold because of the Supercar commitment.
An accident in a test day at the Winton circuit in May disrupted preparations which continued with a difficult co-driver session at Queensland Raceway last weekend.
In his only other “solo” outing in the car, Brabham was 11th quickest in a wet co-driver session at Winton.
Restrictive Supercar testing rules which allow for just three test days a year, one of which is compulsory, quashed any opportunity for Brabham to get more seat time in the #18 entry.
Brabham won the American US F2000 and Pro-Mazda Series in record breaking fashion, is a former winner in Indy Lights and finished 16th in his IndyCar debut on the Indianapolis road course in 2016 before qualifying 27th and finishing 22nd in the 100th Indy 500 two weeks later.
Earlier this year Brabham teamed with Tony Longhurst and Aaron Seton to win Class C at the Bathurst 12-hour in The Boat Works GT4 BMW.
Last month Brabham won a one-off vintage race at Indianapolis and was competitive on debut in a Mercedes AMG-GT3 in a round of the Pirelli World Challenge at Portland, Oregon before an accident from his teammate ended the day.
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…..
“Obviously I am disappointed with the position,” said Brabham.
“The incident at Winton was unfortunate, but my fault, and not being able to get that test day back hurt our program.
“I thank the #18 team for initial opportunity and wish Lee (Holdsworth) and the team all the best for the PIRTEK Enduro events.
“I have to thank my tremendous group of personal sponsors, especially Markus Preston and Preston Group, who have supported me this year and who we can hopefully reward with a title in the SST championship.
“We will continue to push on with our goal still a full-time ride in either the US or Australia.”