Sam Brabham showed encouraging form on his senior Rotax Max debut race weekend at PF International (Lincolnshire), on 3&4 March, constantly improving his pace to deliver mid-field Heat results amid a 36-kart grid of more experienced drivers.
Facing his first race weekend competing in a new class with a new team on a new chassis, Sam made positive progress in every practice session aboard his new DHR Alonso Kart. Come the final track session on Saturday, the 17 year-old was mixing it well in the top 10 and jostling alongside seeded drivers.
Torrential rain throughout Sunday meant an intensive race-day debut for the Henley-on-Thames racer, yet Sam still managed solid performances to finish 17th and 15th respectively in the Heats.
But with worsening conditions resulting in aqua-plaining down the straights, the newly-signed DHR driver had a tougher time in the Final. Sam did well to recover and rejoin the pack after he was pushed wide at the start but further contact from behind as he was working his way through the pack put him out of the running.
After a positive induction into the new karting category, Sam will now focus on making his Rotax Max Euro Challenge debut at Genk, Belgium, later this month.
“It was really good to be racing again after the long winter break and to get my first senior Rotax Max event with DHR under my belt,” said Sam. “I improved in every track session on Saturday and although my first senior Rotax Max race was in challenging conditions and heavy rain on Sunday I coped pretty well. It was valuable experience, which is what this year is all about.
“I’m really pleased I was so competitive in my first class outing. That gives me confidence heading into future events, particularly the upcoming Rotax Max Euro Challenge round at Genk. I’ll be racing against the biggest field of the season in Belgium but I’ll be working hard to deliver a good result.”