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The Repco-Brabham BT-19 that Sir Jack Brabham took to the 1966 Formula 1 world title will take to the iconic Mount Panorama circuit this weekend, leading the field of the Repco Supercars Championship to the grid for the Saturday and Sunday races.
Making the historic laps even more special, the BT-19 will be driven by Sam Brabham, Sir Jack’s grandson this weekend.
The laps by the BT-19 with Supercars will celebrate Repco’s five-year agreement to become the official Championship and Bathurst 1000 naming rights partner, which begins this weekend with the Repco Mount Panorama 500.
“It is a real privilege to have the BT-19 play such a meaningful role at the Repco Mount Panorama 500,” said Mitch Wiley, Head of Sponsorship, Repco.
“The Repco crew take such pride in this incredible piece of Motorsport heritage.
“To have Sam Brabham, Jack’s grandson take the wheel makes it even more meaningful. This really is a symbolic way for Repco to start its partnership with this great sport.”
Sam Brabham, who is driving the BT-19 said: “The history this car holds with our family is very special.”
“I have driven it once before, never around Mount Panorama, I am so excited to head up Mountain Straight for the first time. I can’t thank Repco enough for giving me this opportunity.”
Sir Jack Brabham was the first motor racing driver to be knighted for services to motor sport. He was also awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire).
He had won two Formula 1 championships in 1959 and 1960 before winning his third in the BT-19 in 1966.
In addition to Repco’s Formula One partnership with Sir Jack Brabham, in the 1970’s Repco developed and built the F5000 engine for Formula 5000 racing, which won races in the Australian Grand Prix, the New Zealand Grand Prix, the Australian Driver’s Championship, and the Australian Sports Car Championship.
Repco has a network of 400 automotive parts and accessories stores across Australia and New Zealand and continues to support people who love cars the most.
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