Sam Brabham will race in the Rotax Euro Max Challenge this year after signing with Dan Holland Racing.

The 17-year-old made his debut in Junior Max in Formula Kart Stars last year and like his father David, he started karting relatively late.

"I began with arrive-and-drive racing at Buckmore Park a few years ago," he explained to "After some good results I moved up to Mini Max with the Project One team. Then I did some club events in 2010 in Junior Max before competing in Formula Kart Stars. So compared to my contemporaries I'm still relatively inexperienced."

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The inexperience however, did not stop Brabham achieving a top ten finish at the European round at Genk, Belgium last season.

Further potential was demonstrated at the iZone facility at Silverstone: "I recently worked at iZone during my work experience. While I was there I spent time on the karting simulator and actually posted the fastest time around Whilton Mill," he added.

The plan was to graduate to Rotax Max this year and as Brabham said: "We looked around at different teams and decided DHR was the best team for me and to help with my development."

During a two-day test with the team at Whilton Mill driving an Alonso Kart, Brabham lapped within a tenth of his more experienced team-mates.

Last weekend Brabham made his Rotax Max race debut at PF International and during the final track session on Saturday, he was amongst the top ten. Torrential rain poured for the Sunday races and Brabham finished 17th and 15th in the heats. For the final, Brabham worked his way through the field after being pushed wide at the start but retired after being hit from behind.

On the subject of further UK meetings Brabham commented: "We will pick and choose events as the year progresses."

DHR team principal Dan Holland added: "I am very happy to have Sam join DHR and our senior Rotax Max line-up, which I believe is the strongest we've ever had. Sam is already showing good potential but the calibre of the team will inevitably help him to develop into a top driver."

Sam will become the first Brabham to compete in European karting this year, thus adding another chapter to the Brabham family's racing history. The family had another notable occasion last weekend when Sam's grandfather Sir Jack Brabham was named a National Living Treasure by the National Trust of Australia.

Sam's signing with DHR comes shortly after father David announced he will race for United Autosports in the Blancpain Endurance Series as well as compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship for JRM Racing.

by Simon Stiel