25 August 2019 | News

Team BRM to run Rubens Barrichello, two S5000s at Sandown

Single-seater specialists Team BRM has committed to the S5000 category and will field at least two cars in the all-new Australian open wheel class.

The Adelaide-based squad, winners of as many as 10 Australian Formula 3 and Formula 4 titles, has confirmed that it will run two cars, including one for special guest Rubens Barrichello, when the category kicks off at Sandown, on September 20-22.

The team has a strong background in both F3 and F4 over many years, since the late 1990s, winning eight Australian F3 titles, and two F4 Championships.

“We’ve been following the progress as S5000 has evolved, and are thrilled that it is now a reality – it will be a great formula for Australia, and NZ, and judging by the line-up that is coming together for the launch event, at Sandown, it is going to contribute strongly to the Australian motorsport scene,” said team principal Mark Rundle.

“In the past, we have run both Bruno Senna and Nelson Piquet Jr in junior formulae, and so it is tremendous for us that we will be overseeing Rubens Barrichello’s car. The guy is a star, and it will take a good combination to beat him.

“We have a couple of other serious drivers also talking to us about not only Sandown, and The Bend in November, but also next year, when there will be a full S5000 Australian Championship.

“S5000 is very good news for our young racing drivers who don’t necessarily want to race under a roof, and some of whom will enjoy the experience of driving a powerful open-wheeler as a preview to heading overseas. 

“Equally, it offers a serious domestic racing option, at very reasonable budget, for those looking to race a real race car here in Australia.”

Five new S5000 cars will hit the track for a driver evaluation test at Phillip Island this Wednesday.

Tickets for Sandown can be secured here >>