Team USA Scholarship driver Matthew Brabham survived wet conditions (on slicks) and a brazen battle in the Formula Renault BARC final while driving for Cliff Dempsey Racing at Rockingham.
The highlight of the weekend occurred in Race 2 when Brabham gambled on slicks in damp conditions and carved his way to the front after starting ninth. At the sharp end of the grid, Brabham found himself embroiled in an intense battle with Fortec Motorsport’s Jack Aitken.
The 18-year-old scholarship winner was forced into a spin but recovered to finish third — and was later promoted to second when race officials realized they had allowed the battle to continue for 15 laps rather than the predetermined 14.
“It was definitely different racing to what I’m used to,” Brabham explained in a release. “It was really challenging to try and get past [Aitken]. I think it was a little bit of an extraordinary circumstance because it was the last race of the year and he hasn’t won a race yet so he really, really wanted to win and I really, really wanted to win so there was zero room given. Any opportunity to go side by side there was just no room, so you know, that happens in racing. It was definitely an eye-opener and I’ve never really seen that kind of stuff before so I learned a hell of a lot in that race. I’ll definitely take some of it back to America with me!”
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