American Le Mans Series

Brabham Keeps Busy Between ALMS races

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What do you do after 100 races in the American Le Mans Series? Relax and enjoy the centennial accomplishment perhaps? While the Patron Highcroft Racing team, in the four week break between Mosport and Petit Le Mans, busily prepares the HPD ARX-01c for its final showdown of 2010, Brabs will be doing no such thing. The former formula one driver's downtime has thus far been spent in an Australian V8 enduro at the Philip Island 1000 where he partnered with previous ALMS porsche driver Alex Davison. Despite not having driven a V8 for four years, Brabham, drove strongly in his double stint to hand over the car to Davison while leading the race. In the last pit stop his Irwin Tools-sponsored Ford Falcon lost several positions but was able to finish the race in a respectable 10th place.

Follow that with a VW Scirocco race in Oschersleben against the series regulars and visiting “legend drivers” such as Marco Werner and Frank Biela. David edged out his 2009 24 hours of Le Mans teammate Werner to take the overall podium in the 2.0 litre Volkwagen Scirocco R running on bio-CNG. A pioneer behind the American Le Mans Series’ push for a greener future, Brabham was right at home behind wheel of the environmentally friendly Volkswagen – taking an overall podium and earning the award for the top “legend” of the weekend.

While he spends this week at Road Atlanta gearing up for the 10hrs of Petit Le Mans, the reigning P1 champion will be looking to grab the P2 class win over major competition such as the Muscle Milk Porsche RS Spyder, and Dyson racing. Patron Highcroft commands a 16 point lead in the championship and completing 70% of the race should seal that crown.

The affair with racing seats continues thereafter down under. After the final race of the American Le Mans Series at Petit Le Mans, Brabham will return to Australia for the Bathurst 1000 event – the legendary endurance race at the fabled Mount Panorama circuit and also compete with Davison at Gold Coast 600 which features the local heroes joined by international stars including Brabham, Sebastien Bourdais, Ryan Briscoe, Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti, Fabrizio Giovanardi, Patrick Long, Alain Menu, Tiago Monteiro, Gianni Morbidelli, Yvan Muller, Will Power, Andy Priaulx, Scott Pruett, Mika Salo, Alex Tagliani, and Jacques Villeneuve.

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