Repco has announced it will back third-generation racing driver Sam Brabham for the upcoming Cash Converters Supercars Eseries.
The Supercars Championship naming rights sponsor will field a two-car team, with Brabham headlining the All Star series, while accomplished gamer Jordan Caruso will return to contest the Pro Series.
The son of David Brabham, Sam is the grandson of three-time Formula One World Champion Sir Jack Brabham.
Earlier this year, the 26-year-old jumped behind the wheel of the Repco-powered Brabham BT19, which guided his grandfather to his third F1 title in 1966, for laps around Mount Panorama.
Now Brabham will take on Australia’s most iconic circuit in the virtual world in the six-round series for Repco Racing.
“It’s a privilege to be representing Repco considering their stature as the naming rights partner of the Supercars Championship,” said Brabham.
“I’ve done a lot of stuff with them, driving the BT19 at several events on the historic side but to be involved in the Supercars Eseries is pretty cool.
“I’ve done a little bit of online racing, so I’m looking forward to getting into it and having some fun.”
In a new hybrid format for the competition this year, two championships will run within the series.
The All Stars will consist of Supercars and Dunlop Super2 Series drivers racing at five famous oval circuits.
The Pro Series will feature elite gamers representing Supercars teams competing at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, IndyCar circuits Long Beach and Road America, and a season-ending race at Phillip Island.
This year’s online racing series will see the All Stars and pro gamers pair up for a virtual endurance race in Bathurst on September 22.
Following stints in the British Porsche Carrera Cup Pro AM class, Brabham is keen to test his skills against the Supercars Championship field.
“I think it’s going to be super competitive; everyone is a good driver, and those skill sets translate over to online racing as well as in the real world,” Brabham said.
“Hopefully, I can do well but I’m expecting it to be super tight and close racing.
“I’ve always dreamt of racing at Bathurst, I didn’t think I would be racing in an online Bathurst race before I got to do in real life, it’s not a bad thing, it's going to be awesome.
“Doing events like that in the Eseries is really cool, is great to take the aspects of the enduros and bring it to the online series.”
Pro gamer Caruso returns to the series after competing for Repco Racing last year, taking out fifth overall in the standings.
Caruso attracted Repco’s attention in last year’s pre-draft race meeting, scoring two podiums and eight top 10 finishes across the six-round competition.
“I’m really excited to represent Repco again, it was great to be a part of their team last year,” said Caruso.
“It’s great they have put their faith in me again this year and I’m really excited for and hopefully I can get some good results for the team.”
Although no relation to Supercars co-driver Michael Caruso, Jordan is among the Eseries drivers with real-world racing experience, including stints in Sports Sedans and Hyundai Excels.
“Since last year I have spent a lot of time on my sim and feel better prepared and more confident that I’m ready to take it to the best that the Eseries has to offer,” Caruso said.
“The Bathurst enduro will be great to pair up with the real-world drivers, for us sim racer to team up with them it’s a really cool opportunity for us.”
The Cash Converters Supercars Pro Eseries will start on August 25.
The Eseries will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 506, Kayo, 7Plus, as well as streamed on Supercars’ Twitch, Facebook and YouTube channels