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Sir Jack Brabham to drive F1 car at Taupo

 

Triple world champion Sir Jack Brabham will drive at the A1 Grand Prix World Cup of Motorsport races in Taupo on January 20th and 21st. Sir Jack, now 80, will take to the track in the Formula 1 Cooper Climax that New Zealand racing legend Bruce McLaren drove to win the 1959 United States Grand Prix.

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Triple world champion Sir Jack Brabham will drive at the A1 Grand Prix World Cup of Motorsport races in Taupo on January 20th and 21st. Sir Jack, now 80, will take to the track in the Formula 1 Cooper Climax that New Zealand racing legend Bruce McLaren drove to win the 1959 United States Grand Prix.

He will be joined by other racing greats including Brazilian Emerson Fittipaldi. The two time World Formula One Champion will be behind the wheel of a McLaren M23 Formula One car on Sunday and New Zealander Chris Amon - Formula One racing driver and winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will be driving a Ford GT40.

Sir Jack, from Australia, has been brought to New Zealand especially for the A1

motor races by Team BLM principal Michael Garlick.

Sir Jack is a triple world champion and the only Formula One driver to have won a world title in a car of his own construction, the BT19, which he drove to victory in 1966. Sir Jack contested 126 Grand Prix from 1955 to 1970; he came first 14 times, second 10 times and third seven times. He won the Formula One World Drivers' Championship three times and the Formula One World Constructors' Championship twice.

Garlick said having a great man like Sir Jack drive the Cooper Climax Formula One car was a real tribute to the late Bruce McLaren and to McLaren's family and friends many of whom will be at the Taupo event.

Emerson Fittipaldi will drive the late Denny Hulme's M 23 Formula One Car. Hulme, during part of his career, raced for Brabham's Formula Two team before winning the 1967 Formula One World Chamionship Title in a Brabham F1 car before joining the McLaren Racing Team where he continued to win races in Formula One and also became a Can Am racing legend. Brazilian Fittipaldi left Lotus to sign with the McLaren team and driving the highly efficient McLaren M23 won the 1974 Formula One World Championship.

The following season, he notched two more victories and four other podiums. However, at the height of his F1 success, Fittipaldi left the McLaren team to race for his older brother Wilson Fittipaldi's Copersucar-sponsored Fittipaldi Automotive team.

The first couple of laps round the Taupo track in January will be demonstration runs. The challenge says Garlick, will be to stop the contenders from racing - but he has secured with the help of Phil Kerr - former racing manager for McLaren, a promise from Sir Jack Brabham that he will take a leisurely pace round the track despite his young eighty years of age.
Photo: www.jackbrabham.com



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