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Brabham team plans racing return

ESPN Staff
September 25, 2014
Nelson Piquet in a demonstration run of his championship-winning 1981 Brabham BT49C © Sutton Images

The team started by three-time world champion Sir Jack Brabham is planning a return to motor racing in the 2015 World Endurance Championship, over two decades after its last F1 appearance.

'Project Brabham' is an ambitious project hoping to one day return to F1 - where it won drivers' titles in 1966, 1967, 1981 and 1983. The project is based on a crowdfunding strategy which asks for fans to donate to "live the experience" with the team.

The project has a target of $250,000 to be raised by November 1. David Brabham - son of founder Sir Jack, who passed away in May this year - will be the team principal of the project, which will compete in the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours as part of the WEC next year.

"We have endured a long and testing journey to protect and bring the Brabham name back under the family's control, then decide the next step in the journey of this iconic brand," Brabham said. "I have long dreamt of seeing the Brabham Racing team back out on the track, winning at the highest level and continuing the legacy my father laid down when he first started the team in the Sixties.

"Crowdfunding gives people the chance to be part of the team from the start. Once we have built a large community we will start to see the power of a collective force that will attract the funds and partners to make this journey a success. Come and join us and create another piece of history."

Sir Jack is the only man to win a world championship in his own car, which he did for his third and final title in 1966.

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