PATRON HIGHCROFT NEWS - OCT 21 - Brabs joined by international stars in Australia - Highcroft's technical "Titans" - The "vision" for the fututre DAVID BRABHAM BACK TO BATTLE INTERNATIONALS IN V8 SUPERCARS Patron Highcroft Racing's ...
PATRON HIGHCROFT NEWS - OCT 21
- Brabs joined by international stars in Australia
- Highcroft's technical "Titans"
- The "vision" for the fututre
DAVID BRABHAM BACK TO BATTLE INTERNATIONALS IN V8 SUPERCARS
Patron Highcroft Racing's back-to-back ALMS champion David Brabham is set to line up for his third V8 Supercar race in Australia this weekend - but this time with 17 other international "mates".
Brabham will again team up with Alex Davison in the Stone Brothers Racing Irwin Tools V8 Supercar in the Gold Coast 600 on the streets of Surfers Paradise - the same venue that used to stage annual CART/Champ Car/IndyCar events.
But this weekend, Brabham will be joined by a host of international stars including IndyCar racers Dario Franchitti, Helio Castroneves, Ryan Briscoe, Scott Dixon, Will Power and Alex Tagliani; ex-Formula 1 World Champion, Jacques Villeneuve; European touring car pilots Andy Priaulx, Yvan Muller, Alain Menu, Tiago Monteiro, Fabrizio Giovanardi and Gianni Morbidelli; former Champ Car ace and F1 driver Sebastien Bourdais; Grand-Am Champion, Scott Pruett and sportscar aces Patrick Long and Mika Salo.
The internationals had their first outing aboard the V8 Supercars yesterday at Queensland Raceway - an introduction before tackling the concrete-lined street circuit on the weekend.
"Hopefully there's not a lot of carnage," Brabham said.
"With all of those guys out there trying to fight for top position, it's going to be interesting.
"These cars are not the easiest cars to drive at speed. You've got to be in them a long time to really get the best out of them.
"We've got a very short period of time at Surfers Paradise. Everyone will be out there pushing, learning as much as they can leading up to the races, starting the race. Going through the whole format is going to be so new to them ... anything can happen!"
Brabham won't be the only Patron Highcroft Racing team member on the Gold Coast this weekend - teammate Marino Franchitti has also made the trip accompanying his brother, Dario.
HPD/Wirth HIGHCROFT SQUAD BRINGS TOGETHER TECHNICAL TITANS
Patron Highcroft Racing's 2010 championship victory continued the amazing steak of success with technical partners Honda Performance Development and Wirth Research.
An inaugural member of the HPD/Acura factory sportscar program, Highcroft were considered the "new kids on the block" when the campaign commenced in 2007.
However, over the four-year partnership, Highcroft has scored 44 per cent of HPD's wins (11 of 25), 39 per cent of the poles (nine of 23) and 34 per cent of the fastest laps (nine of 26).
"Congratulations to our friends at Highcroft Racing for their successful championship run this season," said Steve Eriksen, Honda Performance Development, Assistant Vice President.
"Given the challenging environment of this season's combined LMP class, the folks at Highcroft dug deep and came out on top against formidable competition.
"My thanks to the folks at Highcroft for their outstanding efforts in achieving back to back championships for us in the American Le Mans Series."
Engine development for the program took place at HPD's headquarters in Santa Clarita, CA. UK experts Wirth Research were commission by HPD to handle chassis development - headed by David Brabham's 1994 Formula One boss, former Simtek team principal, Nick Wirth.
"All of us at Wirth Research are immensely proud of our long-term association with Highcroft Racing, and we want to congratulate Duncan and all our friends in the team for winning back-to-back Championships," Wirth Research's Nick Wirth said.
"We had the pleasure of seeing them become ALMS Champions in 2009 with the revolutionary LMP1 ARX-02a. For us the task of helping them retain their crown in 2010 in a mixed LMP class using an LMP2 car was a huge new challenge.
"It required the development of an all-new version of the LMP2 car - the 2010 ARX-01c - whose strengths were focused on aerodynamic efficiency above all else. In addition and throughout the season, Highcroft's LMP2 rivals were given simply massive performance adjustments to make the championship more "interesting" - the Porsche needed to be 25kg's lighter in order to compete with the 01c, and the Mazda had to be given about 80 horsepower more!!!
"That's what made Highcroft's victory so sweet for us, and it couldn't have gone to a more deserving team."
TAKING AN ADVANTAGE RACING INTO THE NIGHT
With three rounds of the 2011 American Le Mans Series, plus the 24 Hours of Le Mans running into the night, Patron Highcroft Racing continues to look for a unique advantage.
Highcroft has partnered with PILLA High Performance Eyewear to develop products to not only help the drivers, but also the Highcroft crew.
Featuring cutting-edge materials with superior clarity and eye protection, PILLA was the eyewear of choice for Highcroft Racing in its recent LMP2 class victory at Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.
"I would like to congratulate Highcroft for their outstanding victory not only in Atlanta but for their success through a tough and grueling season," said Philip Pilla, Chief Executive Officer of PILLA High Performance Eyewear.
"We are proud that Highcroft has partnered with PILLA to utilize our revolutionary Ballistx lens technology to help them with enhanced visual clarity and reduced eye fatigue, creating a distinct competitive advantage for Highcroft."
Highcroft is working to PILLA to take the lens technology from their range of eyewear and incorporate it into coatings for the driver's visors.
"We look at every area where we could find a performance advantage and obviously improving the driver's ability to see can provide large gains," Highcroft's Duncan Dayton said.
"Particularly in endurance racing, reducing eye fatigue is also an important factor.
"Glasses are not always practical to wear with the helmet so we are looking into how we can have the same advantage on the driver's visor. PILLA eyewear is worn by top level athletes including Olympic shooters where the accuracy of your vision can make a key difference between winning a medal, or finishing down the field.
"We want to give our drivers that same advantage."