Matthew Brabham, the grandson of triple Formula One world champion Sir Jack Brabham, has won the USF2000 Championship in his first year in the championship. The 18-year-old Australian, who is the son of Jack’s oldest son Geoff, began karting at the age of seven and has raced single-seaters since he was 14.
“I didn’t expect to come into the year and, within the first couple of races, to be up to the front straight away,” he said. “So my goals changed pretty quickly and I was going for the championship for the rest of the year.”
Brabham was born in Florida but also lives in Australia.
He has a lot to live up to. Sir Jack Brabham was the Formula 1 World Champion in 1959, 1960 and 1966. His three sons Geoff, David and Gary were also accomplished racing drivers, with David being a regular F1 driver in the 1990s and Geoff and Gary both getting close.