"LE MANS: THE GREATEST RACE IN THE WORLD" SAY HIGHCROFT RACING'S BRABHAM AND JOHANSSON Taking a break from the intense schedule of the American Le Mans Series, Highcroft Racing's Stefan Johansson and David Brabham are deep in preparation for...
"LE MANS: THE GREATEST RACE IN THE WORLD" SAY HIGHCROFT RACING'S BRABHAM AND JOHANSSON
Taking a break from the intense schedule of the American Le Mans Series, Highcroft Racing's Stefan Johansson and David Brabham are deep in preparation for the physical and mental challenge of the Circuit de la Sarthe this June. Each year brings a renewed passion for these two seasoned drivers to capture (or recapture) racing's ultimate victory.
This June marks Johansson's 13th trip to Le Mans and Brabham's 14th. The 2007 race will see Brabham driving the Aston Martin DBR9 in the GT1 class and Johansson taking the wheel of the Zytek 07s for Arena Motorsports in the LMP1 category. Each driver has scored impressive finishes in the past, with Johansson driving to victory in 1997 with Joest Porsche and David finishing second in 2003 with Bentley.
Brabham believes that Aston Martin is primed for success in this year's race, noting that "the 2007 race is the year to win. Aston Martin is now into the third year of the program and they are at their strongest. It will be a titanic battle with the Corvettes, Saleens and the other Aston Martin's. I am so looking forward to the race as I always do, and this year is a must-win situation."
Brabham is keenly aware of the challenge the Corvettes will present, having seen their strength first hand at the 12 Hours of Sebring in March, where they swept first and second place in GT1. Brabham will come prepared for the battle and is confident, with Aston Martin Racing having come so close to triumph in the past, that "the car will be strong at Le Mans - the speed has always been there, so with the other areas they have been working on, the car should be a strong package."
Johansson is anticipating a great run this year, pointing out that "The driving here is ultra fast with extremely challenging corners. The course has evolved over the years I've been driving it, there are now two chicanes whereas before there were just these incredibly long straightaways. These days, because all the cars in the race are so strong and reliable, it is basically a 24-hour sprint race. And there is nothing like racing at Le Mans - the whole ambiance surrounding the event, the excitement leading up to it and of course, the actual race, can't be topped."
The 75th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans is scheduled for 3 p.m. CET (9 a.m. ET) on Saturday, June 16 from the Circuit de la Sarthe. SPEED will provide 17.5 hours of coverage in North America starting at 8:30 a.m. ET on June 16. MotorsTV will air week-long coverage throughout Europe. Live coverage can be found on Radio Le Mans through americanlemans.com.
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