BUSY TIME FOR BRABHAM...INCLUDING PEUGEOT TEST It's been a whirlwind month for PatrÃ³n Highcroft Racing's David Brabham. He has been across the Atlantic and back (twice) with a globe-trotting trek that included two American Le Mans Series races,...
BUSY TIME FOR BRABHAM...INCLUDING PEUGEOT TEST
It's been a whirlwind month for Patrón Highcroft Racing's David Brabham. He has been across the Atlantic and back (twice) with a globe-trotting trek that included two American Le Mans Series races, some much deserved family time and a test with Peugeot for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Brabham, the only driver to win a race and pole position in four American Le Mans Series classes, will drive one of three works Peugeot 908 HDi diesel-powered coupes at Le Mans in June.
"We started testing the Peugeot at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, and we proceeded to do a long endurance test," Brabham wrote in a blog at americanlemans.com. "I personally did 1,000 miles that day. ... They wanted to give (me) as many miles as possible. So I drove all the way through to about 4 a.m. Then I said, 'That is it, guys. I have to start thinking about the Long Beach race. I need to get back to the States.'"
Brabham also spoke on the adjustments of driving the Peugeot and the Acura ARX-02a that he shares with Scott Sharp in the American Le Mans Series.
"The two cars - the Acura and the Peugeot - are both prototypes so they aren't massively different. The biggest difference for me was the engine. The Peugeot has the turbo diesel with a lot of horsepower. The delivery of the engine with the boost and the way the power comes in is very different. The Acura V-8 has good horsepower but you apply the power to the ground differently.
"The Peugeot has to be driven differently as you enter and exit corners. The car's drivability is different from the Acura, especially on tight circuits like Long Beach. The Acura is so good in tight and fast corners ... (but) would suffer on the long straights like at Le Mans."
Brabham and Sharp will be in action together next at the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix at Miller Motorsports Park on Sunday, May 17. The prior weekend, Brabham will drive for Peugeot at the Spa 1,000- kilometer race as a rehearsal for Le Mans. In addition, De Ferran Motorsports' Simon Pagenaud will race in a second Peugeot at Spa. The young Frenchman has an upcoming test with Peugeot, as well.