HIGHCROFT RACING BACK ON TOP OF ACURA TRIO AT BELLE ISLE GRAND PRIX STEFAN JOHANSSON AND DAVID BRABHAM SCORE STELLAR PODIUM FINISH The crew from Danbury, CT proved that you can't keep a good team down during today's Belle Isle Grand Prix.
HIGHCROFT RACING BACK ON TOP OF ACURA TRIO AT BELLE ISLE GRAND PRIX
STEFAN JOHANSSON AND DAVID BRABHAM SCORE STELLAR PODIUM FINISH
The crew from Danbury, CT proved that you can't keep a good team down during today's Belle Isle Grand Prix. Beset by various hits and spins, the seasoned Highcroft drivers worked with an aggressive pit strategy to bring home third place in the LMP2 class and fifth place overall in the 2 hour, 45 minute challenge in downtown Detroit.
David Brabham, who drove the first stint, was hit in the first half hour of the race by the #20 Dyson Porsche, and then got knocked about by the #1 Audi on the restart. Brabham, who began the race from the fifth position on the grid remarked, "It was pretty intense out there. I got hit twice during my stint and those contacts took the dive planes off the front of our Acura which resulted in major push. We were really struggling for grip in the corners. It can also be very challenging to get a rhythm going here. It got to the point during my run where I would wait for a chance to pass and get a clean run. You couldn't really force the issue or you would get hit or pushed into the wall. But this result is tremendous and a great finish for the team."
Stefan Johansson, who ran steadily in seventh position during his stint, pulled off a great pass by the #20 Dyson Porsche and the #15 Lowe's Fernandez Acura with just 15 minutes remaining in the race. Said Johansson, "I just wanted to be patient and wait for the opportunity - it's the only way you can pass on these kinds of tracks - either on the restart or when people get bunched up in traffic. Thankfully, Adrian Fernandez got a little bit held up and I got a good run on him coming out of the turn and managed to outbreak him into the next one. Unfortunately, David was very unlucky; he lost both dive planes on two incidents which made the car extremely difficult to drive because we had no grip in the front. We've been fighting this all week, and tonight's events just magnified it. So it wasn't easy but we had great news in the end."
On his way to the podium to collect the trophy, Team Owner Duncan Dayton called tonight's race "a perfect tonic for the team to come back from the crash at Mosport. The race started off without the dive planes from contact on the first corner and another on the restart, so for these guys to fight on - from a low point of tenth place and come back and be on the podium is fantastic."