THIS HASN’T happened since 1970. In foul weather at Brands Hatch on Saturday, a Brabham driven by a Brabham took the chequered flag.
The BT62’s maiden outing saw driver David Brabham take the top step of the podium in the Britcar Dunlop Endurance race.
Sir Jack’s son crossed the line to take the win, marking the first time since the South African Grand Prix nearly half a century ago that a Brabham driven by a Brabham had won a race.
“It was a dream start for the car and for the group. It’s the rebirth of Brabham back on a racetrack and there are lots of mixed emotions,” Brabham said.
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“With three or four laps to go I could feel myself starting to feel the emotion of it, and I was like, ‘No, no, focus!’ because the conditions were treacherous –you didn’t want to make any sort of mistake -and I didn’t want to throw that win away by pre-empting things in my head and thinking about it.
“It’s a fantastic achievement and I’m just really proud of everybody involved in the project,” he told the UK’s Motor Sport.
The long game for Brabham is to their car compete at Le Mans in 2022 but Saturday marked a first step on that road.
Saddled with a big ballast penalty and restricted to just 335kW of its maximum 560kW output, the BT62 nevertheless saw Brabham and co-driver Will Powell lead the field home, despite an issue with the screen fogging in the wet.
Brabham has assured us that customer cars will be fitted with an electrically heated windscreen, with first deliveries scheduled for Q1 of next year.