Brabham wins ALMS Championship ahead of Bathurst 1000

David Brabham will arrive at this weekend's Supercheap Auto 1000 in Bathurst as a two time American Le Mans Champion. Brabham, yesterday, won his second consecutive American Le Mans Series (ALMS) title when he, and teammates Simon Pagenaud from...

David Brabham will arrive at this weekend's Supercheap Auto 1000 in Bathurst as a two time American Le Mans Champion.

Brabham, yesterday, won his second consecutive American Le Mans Series (ALMS) title when he, and teammates Simon Pagenaud from France and Scotsman Marino Franchitti, came first in their class and fourth overall in the annual Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in the US.

The class win not only delivered Brabham his second ALMS title but secured the teams and manufactures championships for his Patron Highcroft Racing team.

Throughout the season, Brabham and series co-driver Pagenaud were on the LMP2 podium in every race, scoring four wins, four seconds and a third placing, in what was a near perfect Championship defence.

"It's an amazing feeling and such a great accomplishment to clinch back-to-back titles," said Brabham

"It's not an easy thing to do, but we did it by delivering a faultless race to finish the year on a massive high.

"We took the title exactly the way we wanted to. We made sure that we treated this race like every other and concentrated on winning. As soon as you start talking about potential issues, you can create them. Instead, we decided to do what we have been doing all season and it certainly paid off.

"This team has done a stellar job all year. We've finished on the podium every race so full credit must go to the entire Patron Highcroft crew."

With his American Sportscar commitments now complete, Brabham flies direct from the US to Sydney, arriving this Wednesday morning, for this weekend's Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

"Although Highcroft's work is done, my season hasn't finished," said Brabham.

"My focus is already on flying to Australia to race the Bathurst 1000 and I'm looking forward to doing the best job I can there for IRWIN Racing."

Brabham teams up with Alex Davison in the #4 IRWIN Racing Ford Falcon at Bathurst.

Practice for Bathurst starts at 10.15am this Thursday with the race commencing at 10.30am on Sunday.

-source: irwin racing

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Series ALMS , Supercars
Drivers David Brabham , Marino Franchitti , Alex Davison