Brabham Set to End LMP2 Campaign on a High at Laguna Seca David Brabham is set for the final American Le Mans Series round of the season at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, 17-18 October, where he will be aiming to complete his last LMP2 race for...
Brabham Set to End LMP2 Campaign on a High at Laguna Seca
David Brabham is set for the final American Le Mans Series round of the season at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, 17-18 October, where he will be aiming to complete his last LMP2 race for Patron Highcroft Racing in style, as the team prepares to move to LMP1 with Acura for 2009.
Brabham, who lives in Henley-on-Thames in the UK, was denied the chance to even race in the penultimate Petit Le Mans round when the car was forced to retire after teammate Scott Sharp suffered an incident that caused considerable damage to the Acura on lap 17. The rare non-finish from the race-winning partnership handed the drivers' championship to the Penske Porsche pair of Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas.
Regardless, the Patron Highcroft duo's second place in the driver standings is secure, leaving Brabham and Sharp to go for a clean sweep at Laguna Seca. With four class wins, including an outright victory and two overall pole positions, Brabham will be hoping to underline the team's impressive 2008 LMP2 campaign with win number five.
Unsurprisingly, with over a decade of prototype experience, 43 year-old Brabham is no stranger to success at the California circuit. He clinched the Professional Sports Car Championship title at the track in 1998 for Panoz by passing teammate Eric Bernhard in a typical Brabham charge to the finish to claim the spoils, and also captured a GTS class victory in the Prodrive Ferrari in 2003.
Putting the disappointment of Petit Le Mans behind him, Brabham commented: "I'm really looking forward to the final race of the season, particularly as I love the Monterey Peninsula. The aim at Laguna Seca is simple; we are going all out to win and I will be aiming to clinch pole, race victory and the fastest lap. I like the circuit, although it can be a bit of a challenge with grip especially when your tyres go cold during full course cautions. We were competitive there last year. We suffered a bit at each restart, but we've been working on that and have fixed the problem.
"Thanks to Honda Performance Development and Wirth Engineering in the UK, we've done a lot of work on the simulator ready for this round, so we head to California with a lot of confidence. With the championship battle now behind us, we'll be hoping to sign off this season with another stunning performance to underline our impressive achievements and leave LMP2 on a high."
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