SAM BRABHAM signed off his debut Dunlop MSA Formula Ford season with a further brace of second place Scholarship podiums
SAM BRABHAM signed off his debut Dunlop MSA Formula Ford season with a further brace of second place Scholarship podiums at Brands Hatch last weekend, cementing the runner-up class spoils and fourth in the outright title fight.
However, the 19-year-old from Henley suffered a disappointing end to the year when he was hit out of fifth place without completing a single lap of the historic Grand Prix circuit, that names its Brabham Straight after his triple Formula 1 World Champion Grandfather, Sir Jack.
Brabham made a strong start for round 28, picking off Andy Richardson, Camren Kaminsky, Max Marshall and Simon Rudd by lap seven. The remaining seven laps were spent glued to Jayde Kruger’s rear wing. Although clearly the quicker car, a wheel on to the grass just before Dingle Dell lost Brabham momentum in the closing stages and he settled for fifth overall, second in class.
Repeating that same result for round 29, he gained a good start from the fourth row to pass Marshall but then got held up in the battle for fifth.
Although clear of both JTR teammate Kaminsky and Rudd on lap five, the battle allowed the front-runners to pull away and Brabham faced a seven second deficit to James Abbott. Although continually improving his best lap times despite losing 0.5 seconds a lap to a slipping clutch, the gap was too great for Brabham to close.
With a new clutch installed for the final race of the season, the third generation driver made an awesome start in extremely wet conditions to take two places and run fifth exiting Paddock Hill Bend.
Brabham’s chances of finishing his first Formula Ford campaign with another outright podium were destroyed when rear contact from Marshall sent him into the gravel at Clark Curve. Despite that huge disappointment ending his 12-round Scholarship podium run, Brabham can be proud of what he’s achieved this year.
Six outright podiums, including three second places, secured fourth in the championship table, while 21 podiums and six class victories see Brabham take the Scholarship runner-up honours, despite missing the opening rounds.