Utah: David Brabham qualifying report

Brabham Secures Front Row Start For Salt Lake City David Brabham put in a sterling qualifying performance on Saturday afternoon to secure a front row start for round four of the American Le Mans Series at Salt Lake City. Aiming for win...

Brabham Secures Front Row Start For Salt Lake City

David Brabham put in a sterling qualifying performance on Saturday afternoon to secure a front row start for round four of the American Le Mans Series at Salt Lake City.

Aiming for win number two in the Patron Highcroft Acura, starting second on the grid puts the Australian sportscar star in a promising position to extend his LMP1 championship lead with team mate Scott Sharp at the Millers Motorsports Park.

Brabham was consistently fastest throughout Saturday's practice, topping the timesheets in both the morning and afternoon sessions. The 43 year-old again headed the scoreboard in the first half of qualifying, but was pipped to pole position by Simon Pagenaud in the sister de Ferran Acura.

The Patron Highcroft ace's final flying lap stopped the clocks at 1:31.381 setting the car's fastest time of the weekend so far, sealing an all-Acura front row in Utah.

"It's good to be on the front row but we're a bit disappointed not to have taken the pole in qualifying, as we were on a roll and quite a lot quicker in the practice sessions today," said Brabham. "We made a change to the set up for qualifying at the rear, to try and help the front, but we actually lost more on the front and suffered from understeer. There are a few key corners here where if you have understeer it really kills your lap time, so there wasn't a lot I could do about it.

"For sure, Simon [Pagenaud] put in a great lap and I felt that I could have put in a similar time but not with the change to the car. Obviously we are still learning with the front tyres, so we need to look back at the data and understand why the car did what it did and learn from it. But we'll keep marching on and doing what we do and it should be a good race."

With vital points from victory in round two at St Petersburg and second at Long Beach already in the bag, Brabham and Sharp currently lead Gil de Ferran and Simon Pagenaud by 21 points in the LMP1 class battle.

-credit: www.davidbrabham.com

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Series ALMS
Drivers David Brabham , Scott Sharp , Gil de Ferran , Simon Pagenaud