Karter A Leading Ticket Holder For Nitro SuperGP

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One of Australia’s leading young kart racers, Matthew Brabham, was announced as the number three ticket holder for this year’s Nitro SuperGP earlier this week.

Above: No. 3 ticket holder, Matthew Brabham

Matthew is joined in this honour by his Grandfather, Sir Jack, and Father, Geoff, as the number one, two and three ticket holders for the 19th running of the annual event.

Fifteen-year-old Matthew, son of 1993 Le Mans winner, four-time IMSA GT Champion and 1997 Bathurst 1000 winner Geoff is a four-time state karting champion.

The Gold Coast teenager, who will focus on the Junior Rotax category in 2009 – participating in the Rotax Pro Tour throughout the year with his sights set on September’s Rotax Nationals – accepted his official ticket alongside his father and grandfather in a special ceremony at Conrad Jupiters

“I am a big fan of the Gold Coast event and having the A1GP cars here for the first time is going to make it even more interesting this year,” said Matthew.

“In the meantime I have the Pro Tour to focus on along with the Rotax Nationals in September. It would be great to turn up at the Nitro SuperGP in October as a national champion.”

Above: Matty with his grandad, Sir Jack, and his dad & karting pit crew, Geoff

This year’s Nitro SuperGP, to be held from October 22-25 on the streets of the Gold Coast, will bring together A1GP World Cup of Motorsport and the home-grown V8 Supercars Championship Series for the first time, for four days and nights of action at what is one of the world’s great sporting festivals.

Three-time Formula 1 World Champion (1959, 1960 and 1966) Sir Jack Brabham was the first driver in history to be knighted for his services to motorsport (1979) and has since seen his sons Geoff, Gary and David and grandson Matthew all go on to prove themselves as Australia’s ‘first family’ of motorsport.

“As a Gold Coaster it is a privilege to be made the number one ticket holder for this year’s Nitro SuperGP,” said Sir Jack, who is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his first World Championship this year.

“It is also great to have Geoff and Matthew recognised with me at the same time and I look forward to heading to this year’s event with them.”

Geoff Brabham, who is regarded as one of the most versatile drivers to have been produced in the country, is a fan of the Gold Coast event which has grown into one of the crown jewels of world motorsport.

“The A1GP concept is an interesting one and I think those cars will be particularly quick around the Nitro SuperGP circuit,” said Geoff.

“When you combine those cars with the V8 Supercars and the support program you have a pretty unique event which is something every Queenslander, and Australian for that matter, can be proud of. To do something like this with both dad and Matthew is pretty special to us.”

The 2009 Nitro SuperGP, October 22-25, will be one of the first rounds of the 2009/10 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport and Event 11 of the V8 Supercars Championship Series.


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