Road Atlanta: David Brabham preview

David Brabham is poised for the LMP2 championship fight showdown as the American Le Mans Series enters the final chapter of the season and heads to Road Atlanta for the cornerstone 1,000-mile Petit Le Mans event, on 4 October. With just two rounds...

David Brabham is poised for the LMP2 championship fight showdown as the American Le Mans Series enters the final chapter of the season and heads to Road Atlanta for the cornerstone 1,000-mile Petit Le Mans event, on 4 October. With just two rounds of the prestigious series remaining, Brabham lies second in the LMP2 title fight with teammate Scott Sharp just four points behind leaders Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas.

The battle for the LMP2 spoils is sure to run until the last lap of the final race of the season. With 2007 IndyCar Series Champion and Indy 500 victor Dario Franchitti joining the multi race-winning Brabham-Sharp partnership for Petit Le Mans, the Patron Highcroft Acura is sitting strong for the penultimate round.

"With such an incredible driver line-up, I'm really looking forward to Petit Le Mans," said Brabs. "We have managed to catch up massively on points thanks to the Patron Highcroft Acura's consistently strong performance, particularly in the last five rounds. I'm feeling great and Patron Highcroft Racing is the hottest team out there on average, so we are in the best possible position to take a good shot at the LMP2 championship crown.

"We are carrying a lot of momentum into the last two rounds of the season but we will focus on each race in turn and first devote our absolute concentration to Petit Le Mans. The line up of teams and drivers for this special event is the best ever so the competition will be fierce, but I'm looking forward to the fight."

The British born Australian's efforts especially in the last five rounds has slashed the Penske Porsche pair's advantage to put the 43 year-old within reach of his first ALMS championship title. Brabham and Sharp enter the final stretch of the season with four wins including one outright victory to their credit while the Patron Highcroft Acura has beaten the Penske Porsche in each of the last three rounds.

Brabham followed back-to-back wins at Mosport and Road America with his second overall pole position of the season and another solid second-place at Detroit. But with maximum points up for grabs at the 1,000-mile, or maximum of 10 hours, Petit Le Mans event Brabham will be looking for LMP2 win number five.

Aside from his stunning form this season, Brabham heads to Road Atlanta with over a decade of sportscar experience including a P1 victory at Petit Le Mans in 1999 and a third-place GT2 podium at the 2006 event, both with Panoz. The youngest son of three-time Formula One World Champion Sir Jack Brabham captured consecutive Le Mans 24 Hour GT1 class victories in 2007 and 2008 while he remains the only driver in ALMS history to have captured pole and won races in all four classes.

Voting for the annual American Le Mans Series Most Popular Driver Award is under way at www.americanlemans.com. The ALMS is once again conducting an online voting campaign to let fans choose the worthy winner of this year's award for which Brabham must be a serious contender. To make your vote for Brabham count log on to the website.

For the latest American Le Mans Series news visit www.americanlemans.com and for the provisional Petit Le Mans schedule visit www.roadatlanta.com

-credit: www.davidbrabham.com

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Series ALMS
Drivers David Brabham , Scott Sharp , Dario Franchitti , Timo Bernhard , Jack Brabham , Romain Dumas