PATRON HIGHCROFT'S BRABHAM HONORED WITH BRITISH RACING DRIVER'S CLUB AWARD
Sir Jack and David Brabham LONDON, UK, Tuesday, December 8, 2009: Patron Highcroft Racing's David Brabham was honored for his outstanding performance in the 2009 season at the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) Awards in London yesterday.
The UK-based Australian enjoyed his most successful career season in 2009, winning his first American Le Mans Series championship with Patron Highcroft Racing and taking his first victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Peugeot.
Brabham was awarded the BRDC Fairfield Trophy - the prize given for an outstanding performance by a BRDC member in honor of Pat Fairfield, a highly-regarded driver of the pre-war era. Fairfield lost his life in an accident during the 1937 Le Mans 24-Hour race.
"It is a great honor to receive the BRDC Fairfield Trophy for outstanding achievement," said Brabham.
David Brabham and Duncan Dayton "It's been an unbelievable season where I was privileged to race with two fantastic teams. Taking the ALMS title with Patron Highcroft Racing and winning Le Mans with Peugeot achieved two of my career-long goals in what was a very special year for all of the family.
"Half a century ago, my father won his first F1 crown and it's fantastic to be here in Australia celebrating his remarkable achievements with the rest of the family. I am sorry I couldn't be there at the BRDC awards to collect the award but the Fairfield Trophy really is a fitting end to a memorable year. It means a lot to receive this commendation from my peers."
Brabham went close to making further additions to his trophy cabinet last weekend while visiting his homeland and competing in final round of the MINI Challenge series at the Homebush Olympic venue street circuit in Sydney.
Despite never having driven the car prior to the weekend, Brabham was instantly on the pace - finishing 4th, 6th and 4th in the three races.
Brabs Mini "If you thought it was hard winning the world's biggest race," Brabham told his assembled rivals post-race, "try winning a MINI Challenge race with you guys. It's harder than anyone realizes. I have had a tremendous time this weekend and I can't thank you all enough."
The Australian event headlined by the final round of the V8 Supercar Championship also paid tribute to David's father Sir Jack Brabham who is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first of his three Formula One titles.
In addition to his MINI Challenge drive, David also got behind the wheel of a Brabham BT6 for a parade lap alongside his nephew Matthew Brabham who drove a Brabham BT24. Sir Jack Brabham joined the parade in an open-topped Aston Martin DBS while David's sons Sam and Finn also joined their grandfather on the lap.
Matthew Brabham is the third generation of racing Brabhams. The son of David's oldest brother and fellow Le Mans 24 Hour winner Geoff, Matthew graduated from karting to begin racing in Formula Ford this year.
David Brabham will return to action for Patron Highcroft Racing after the festive season when testing begins aboard the Honda Performance Development factory-backed ARX-01c chassis.
After recording seven victories for the team over the past three seasons, Brabham will kick off the 2010 American Le Mans Series with a new co-driver expected to be announced soon.