Sam Brabham has confirmed that he will return to Formula Ford GB for a second season with JTR.
The son of sportscar ace David Brabham and grandson of triple Formula 1 world champion Sir Jack Brabham, the 19-year-old began his single-seater career from the second round of last year’s Formula Ford campaign.
Team-mate to dominant champion Dan Cammish at JTR, Brabham finished fourth overall in the standings and second in the scholarship classification to Harrison Scott, and claimed six overall podiums.
He has since competed in the MRF Challenge, claiming a best result of fifth in Bahrain.
?It feels really good to be back with JTR this season,” said the 19-year-old. “We had a brilliant first year and together we achieved results I didn?t think would be possible in my rookie season.
?This year is going to be even better. Racing in the MRF Challenge, I?ve worked hard to improve my performance and race craft, while being selected for the BRDC Rising Stars programme and the MSA Academy has been a great confidence boost.
?I?ll have the benefit of starting the season from the first rounds and that?s going to help me get every championship point possible. The competition is going to be strong, so pre-season preparation and testing is going to be key, but I?ve no doubt that JTR will put together another winning package.
?I?m also excited to continue working with partners Forresters and Auto Windscreens. Their support really helped me to break into single-seaters and I look forward to an even stronger 2014.?
Brabham’s deal means that all but one of the five drivers who finished immediately behind Cammish in the 2013 standings has confirmed their place on the 2014 grid. Scott will remain with Falcon, Juan Angel Rosso with Jamun while Brabham joins former Jamun racer Jayde Kruger at JTR.
“We’re extremely pleased to be returning with Sam this year, not least because he is very likely to be a strong contender for JTR to go for our third successive championship title,” said Nick Tandy, factory Porsche racer and team principal of the squad founded by his late brother Joe.
“Personally it means a lot because we can continue on from all the hard work Sam and our team put in together last season to progress with him from a single-seater rookie into a front-runner.”
David Brabham added: “We are very pleased to see Sam do another year of the MSA Formula Ford Championship after an excellent rookie season in 2013. He is now in a great position to fight for the title from the start of the season with a team we not only know well in JTR, but also know how to win.
“The Brabham name continues to grow through Sam and [cousin and Indy Lights competitor] Matthew?s racing activities, so we look forward to another successful year ahead.”
2014 Formula Ford line-up so far
|Falcon Motorsport||Harrison Scott, Chris Mealin, Ricky Collard|
|Meridian Motorsport||Connor Mills, Ashley Sutton|
|Jamun Racing||Juan Rosso|
|JTR||Jayde Kruger, Sam Brabham|