FAMOUS FAMILIES TEAM UP AT V8 SUPERCAR ENDURO The two most famous families in Australian motorsport history are teaming together for the first time at this weekend's V8 Supercar endurance race at Phillip Island. Former Le Mans 24 Hour...
FAMOUS FAMILIES TEAM UP AT V8 SUPERCAR ENDURO
The two most famous families in Australian motorsport history are teaming together for the first time at this weekend's V8 Supercar endurance race at Phillip Island.
Former Le Mans 24 Hour Champion and Formula 1 driver David Brabham will be joining full-time V8 star Alex Davison in the IRWIN Racing Ford Falcon at the L&H Phillip Island 500, the forerunner to October's Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
The Brabhams and the Davisons are two families that are rich in motorsport history.
David Brabham has had a stunning career having raced in Formula 1, he won the Le Mans 24 Hour race in 2009, the Bathurst 1000 in a 2-litre SuperTourer in 1997 and in recent years he has competed in and won the American Le Mans Series championship, a feat he is on the verge of repeating in 2010.
David's father is triple Formula One World Champion Sir Jack Brabham and both of his brothers, Geoff and Gary, have raced professionally. Geoff won the Le Mans 24 hour race and enjoyed a long Indycar career while Gary was an open wheeler specialist, having also raced in Formula 1.
David Brabham's co-driver at this year's V8 Supercar endurance rounds, and the ArmorAll Gold Coast 600, is series regular Alex Davison, who has raced at IRWIN Racing since the start of the 2009 season.
Davison took pole at Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway this year before an electrical fault prevented a well deserved podium. He has raced in Europe, coming second in the Le Mans GT2 Class in 2008; he won the Australian Carrera Cup Championship in 2004 and raced Porsches internationally for several years prior to starting his V8 career.
Alex Davison's late grandfather, Lex Davison, won four Australian Grands Prix in the same era as Sir Jack Brabham, his father Richard Davison won the Australian Formula 2 Championship and his brother Will races in the V8 Supercar Championship, where he was runner-up in the series in 2009 driving for Holden Racing Team.
With so much history and career cross over, this weekend's race marks the first time that a Davison and a Brabham have been paired together in the same car. This piece of history is not lost on either driver.
"It's a nice piece of history," said IRWIN Racing's David Brabham.
"It's something I've often thought about.
"The two families have been around and racing for such a long time and both have been very successful, it's pretty cool that Alex and I, the younger generation, are racing together.
"I'm looking forward to developing the relationship and to be able to drive with him. He's had a lot of experience in Europe and now the V8s; he's going to be a fantastic team mate.
"It's really special."
Davison agreed with his new V8 Supercar co-driver.
"I'm really excited to drive with David (Brabham)," said IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison.
"It's a good story having our two families driving together, I'm sure my grandparents and David's father would be interested to see our two names on the doors together."
Davison was keen to have Brabham on board with IRWIN Racing late last year and was thrilled when the deal was confirmed by his team bosses Ross and Jimmy Stone.
"I started talking to the team about endurance drivers at the end of last year and David (Brabham) was my number one pick," said Davison.
"I was really rapt when I was told that we had David for the enduros.
"David has quite a lot of V8 Supercar experience and done really well when he has driven them, which will give us quite an advantage.
"I don't think it will take him long to get up to speed. He's used to doing endurance races, he does these races every week, so it won't take him long to adapt."
Brabham is looking forward to this weekend's Phillip Island race.
"I am very excited, I've been away from V8 racing for too long," said Brabham.
"It's fantastic to be driving at IRWIN Racing.
"The Stone Brothers (Ross and Jimmy) set the benchmark very early on in terms of running the cars competitively.
"To go (to Phillip Island) and drive for these guys is a great honour.
"It's great to be in that environment heading to Phillip Island in the IRWIN Ford."
Alex Davison, David Brabham and IRWIN Racing hit the track for the first practice session of the L&H Phillip Island 500 on Friday, September 10, at 11.30am followed by qualifying on the Saturday.
The L&H Phillip Island 500 starts at 1.35pm (AEST) on Sunday, September 12.
-source: irwin racing