Road America: David Brabham qualifying report

Brabham Fourth LMP2 in Road America Qualifying Thriller David Brabham qualified fourth in class and sixth overall for round seven of the American Le Mans Series, Generac 500 presented by Time Warner Cable, in what was a gripping battle on ...

Brabham Fourth LMP2 in Road America Qualifying Thriller

David Brabham qualified fourth in class and sixth overall for round seven of the American Le Mans Series, Generac 500 presented by Time Warner Cable, in what was a gripping battle on Friday afternoon at Road America. The 42 year-old ended the session a mere four tenths of a second off of Franck Montagny, who finished fastest in LMP2, with one second covering the first seven cars at the challenging circuit in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

The Australian sportscar ace, who resides in Henley-on-Thames in the UK, topped the LMP2 timesheets in the second practice on Friday afternoon and followed his form into qualifying to run fastest in the first half of the session. A thrilling LMP2 class battle ensued, with Montagny slotting in a time good enough for second overall and fastest in LMP2 while Adrian Fernandez and Romain Dumas also joined the class battle.

Brabham's best time of 1:47.774 in the Patron Highcroft Racing Acura was less than four hundredths of a second shy from clinching third fastest in LMP2 and qualifying ahead of championship class leader Dumas. Only one tenth separated Brabs from lining up second in class and fourth overall.

"We were struggling on Thursday but everything started to come together in the second practice session today," said Brabs. "The qualifying set up wasn't quite as good and it was a really close session but I managed to post consistent times and the car felt comfortable. With a little fine tuning in warm up tomorrow I'm confident that we have a strong race car set up. It's a long race so the aim will be to make the most of it and get as many points as possible."

Brabham's pairing with team mate Scott Sharp has delivered two wins and two second place finishes so far this season, earning second overall in the championship standings. Brabs will start the four-hour Road America battle on Saturday afternoon aiming for their third victory in order to reduce Dumas and team mate Timo Bernhard's 28 point advantage.

-credit: www.davidbrabham.com

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