Brabham returns to racing this weekend with BT62 debut
The illustrious Brabham name returns to motorsport for the first time since 1992 with the BT62's race debut this weekend at Brands Hatch.
At the scene of his father's British Grand Prix win in 1966; Le Mans winner David Brabham will race the car alongside Will Powell in this weekend's pair of Britcar 'Into the Night' races.
After rekindling a historic partnership with tyre manufacturer Goodyear last month, this weekend will mark the first time a factory Brabham car has been on track since Damon Hill finished 11th in the 1992 Hungarian Grand Prix.
Jack Brabham famously remains the only man to win the Formula 1 title in a car of his own construction
As Brabham continues to ponder whether to enter the GTE ranks or upcoming hypercar category when it makes its Le Mans debut in 2022, the marque have de-tuned the BT62 for the Britcar races by using a power-reducing ECU mode and weight ballast that puts it on par with GT3 machinery.
Potentially, this homologation into the series could see the BT62 as a more permanent fixture on the grid rather than an end-of-season 'one-off,' as well as highlighting the potential for the car in Pro-Am racing format.
Have a sneek peak at the car testing on track today:
David Brabham, who currently enjoys the racing role as well as being the Sporting Director of Brabham Automotive, said: “I always wondered what my father must have felt when he first raced a Brabham on track and I am now about to go through that same emotion.
"Driving a Brabham BT62 on Brabham straight at Brands Hatch will be a very special moment for me. It will also be an incredible milestone for Brabham Automotive as it brings this iconic marque back to racing.
"The Britcar meeting at Brands Hatch marks the first time in nearly thirty years that a new factory Brabham car has run at a racing circuit in a competitive setting.
"This race offers our team a valuable first opportunity to run the BT62 in a competitive environment, to learn more about the car’s performance and how the team operates under pressure. While track testing in a controlled environment is important, there’s nothing quite like running the car in a racing environment to see how it performs.”