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Brabham wants to give BT62 race debut in 2019

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Brabham wants to give BT62 race debut in 2019
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Jan 13, 2019, 11:46 AM

Brabham Automotive is planning to race its new BT62 track day car this year as it gears up for its entry into the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2021/22.

The revived marque, which launched last May, intends to compete with the million-pound BT62 on an invitational basis in selected events that allow cars that are not homologated in a particular class. 

Company managing director David Brabham explained that it was important to begin racing as soon as possible as the marque sets out on what he is calling the "road to Le Mans". 

Brabham is aiming to join the WEC in 2021/22 with a GTE Pro contender based on a new road-going sportscar derived from the BT62. 

"The BT62 does meet all FIA safety requirements as a racing car, so although there isn't a particular class or championship for it, it is raceable," Brabham told Motorsport.com.

"We are starting out on the road to Le Mans and we need to get out there an go racing, rather than waiting for three years — we need to develop ourselves as a team.

"We would need permission from whatever series we end up doing races in, so there is quite a lot of work to be done. 

"We won't be doing a full championship, but we intend to pick and choose some events, and every indication is that we will be out there this year to get the ball rolling."

Brabham wouldn't be drawn on which events the BT62 might compete in this year, but a race such as the Gulf 12 Hours on the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi allows non-homologated machinery. 

The new Aston Martin Vantage GT3 and the McLaren 720S GT3 (pictured below) both competed in the 2018 event last last month ahead of their homologation for the 2019 racing season. 

Other opportunities might be presented by the Creventic Series, which includes the Dubai and Barcelona 24-hour races.

#5 McLaren Customer Racing McLaren 720S GT3: Ben Barnicoat, Alvaro Parente, Shane Van Gisbergen

#5 McLaren Customer Racing McLaren 720S GT3: Ben Barnicoat, Alvaro Parente, Shane Van Gisbergen

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