6:00am Tuesday 6th May 2014
Sam Brabham followed in the family tradition at Thruxton over the weekend as he clinched his first two Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship race wins while setting the Formula Ford lap record.
The 19-year-old from Sibford Ferris, near Banbury, led the field from the off to secure pole position for the first and third races of the weekend.
A fine start to round seven put Brabham clear of JTR teammate Jayde Kruger, taking a one-second advantage over second-placed Harrison Scott.
A lengthy delay when Chris Mealin went off saw six laps of the safety car while debris was cleared, but Brabham made the perfect re-start and remained unchallenged to take his first career race win.
The son of sportscar legend David Brabham and grandson of ex-world champion Jack, posted the Formula Ford circuit record of 1:11.910 on lap five while embroiled in the fight for second in round eight, eventually finishing fifth.
Back on pole for the third and final race, the third generation driver once again nailed the start to lead Kruger and Scott from the first turn. Brabham never looked back, brilliantly managing the tyres and fuel consumption to notch up his second Formula Ford victory 0.6 seconds clear of championship leader, Kruger.
“This weekend has just been incredible, said Brabham. “We started off with two pole positions and to get my first ever race win is just something so special and a day I’ll never forget. “And I’m really chuffed to have set the series lap record.
“The last race was just fantastic. I was maintaining the gaps and pushing when I needed to. I had to think about the tyres, manage the fuel and back off where I could without losing too much time. “It was the perfect race.”
Brabham retained sixth place overall in the title race, the gap to fifth now standing at 14 points ahead of the next Oulton Park rounds on June 7-8.
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