Third-generation racer Matthew Brabham added to his family's championship-winning pedigree claiming the Cooper Tires USF2000 Powered by Mazda Championship title at Virginia International Raceway over the weekend. Brabham secured Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing's second consecutive title in the Championship class by outlasting teammate Spencer Pigot in a season-long duel.
"I am over the moon at how the whole year went," said Brabham, the son of sports car and Indy car driver Geoff Brabham and grandson of Formula 1 World Champion Sir Jack Brabham. "I didn't expect to come into the year and, within the first couple of races, to be up to the front straightaway. So, my goals changed pretty quickly and I was going for the championship for the rest of the year."
Brabham only needed to finish 14th in the season-finale at VIR and finished eighth behind Pigot, who won a series best eight races – including a sweep at VIR. Brabham credited his teammate for pushing him to the championship, which includes a scholarship from the Mazda Road to Indy to advance to the Star Mazda Championship.
"Spencer [Pigot] was really quick all year," Brabham said "We pushed each other so much, and I think we were in a class of our own the whole season and I am sure that he and I will be racing together the whole way up. It was definitely a good rivalry. I learned a lot and we pushed each other and learned more probably with pushing each other."
Norway's Henrik Furuseth helped Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing sweep the series titles by winning the National Class title with two dominating race wins, to capture the title as USF2000 National Class Champion.
The feat is even more impressive when considering this was Furuseth's first year of racing in North America. The charismatic driver from Eidsvoll, Norway won the Scandinavian Formula Basic Championship last year, and with another championship title in the bag his sights are set on the 2013 season.
"My first season in the US has been amazing," he said. "Winning 7 out of 13 races. I had a big battle with RC Enerson and Mark Eaton this year, it was so much fun racing against them, as well as all the other National Class drivers. The team worked really hard all year long, and they have given me a fantastic car every single time out."