Sam Brabham is set to make his Porsche Carrera Cup GB debut at his home track of Silverstone this weekend.
The 24-year-old King’s Sutton driver returns to competition for the first time in four years with multiple championship-winning team Redline Racing.
It has been a long four years out of competitive racing, however, everything I’ve experienced during that time has made me more than ready for this opportunitySam Brabham
As the Brabham family celebrates 70 years of racing heritage, the third-generation driver will fittingly return to competition with his Porsche Carrera 911 GT3 Cup car sporting a livery inspired by the brand’s rich racing history – the iconic ‘Hissing Sid’ - which has donned his helmet since he started racing, rearing its head on either side of the car.
A Porsche Carrera Cup Scholarship finalist in 2015, Brabham is no stranger to the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) support bill. He made his single-seater debut with the MSA Formula Ford championship in 2013, ranking Scholarship runner-up with six class victories, 21 podiums and four fastest laps to his credit.
With only a handful of laps aboard a Porsche Carrera 911 GT3 Cup car during his Scholarship endeavours to draw from, Brabham knows he faces a steep learning curve getting to terms with the 485hp powerhouse amid battling a well-established 30 plus car field, as a Pro-Am entry.
Although realistic about his expectations, the aspiring sportscar racer will be learning all he can from the invaluable experience ahead of assessing his racing plans for 2019.
He said: “I’m delighted to be joining Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Silverstone with reigning Team Champions Redline Racing. It has been a long four years out of competitive racing, however, everything I’ve experienced during that time has made me more than ready for this opportunity.
“I’ve wanted to make the switch to sportscars for a long time. This will still be a big challenge but I’m ready and excited to get going.”