Brabs For Bathurst
can now begin to ‘ramp up’ our pre Bathurst material
on dailysportscar, and what better way to
start than with the news that David Brabham will race the Baron-Engelhorn
360 in the second running of the 24 Hours – partnering
Philipp Peter, Andrea Montermini and Klaus Engelhorn (right to
BE Racing has
the local support of Melbourne-based team PHR Scuderia, and the
car is an identical Ferrari 360 to the Cirtek / BE car that won
the GT class at Le Mans on November 9 (below).
David Brabham was looking
like a race winner last year in the Cirtek Porsche, and everything
this year points to the Australian having a highly competitive 24
hour car again.
"I had a great time
in last year's event and I always thought the event would grow -
that has certainly turned out to be the case," said the Australian.
"Going back in a Ferrari 360 should be quite a blast and the
guys were obviously very quick at Le Mans last week.
always like coming home to Australia and after having a bit of tough
race in the V8 Supercar 1000, it would be great to make amends at
the Bathurst 24-Hour."
It’s been a very
varied 2003 for the popular Australian: winning the DP class at
Daytona in February, second at Le Mans in the Bentley, three ALMS
GTS wins for Care Racing and two Australian Supercar V8 races for
Dick Johnson Racing.
“I am pretty used
to driving different machinery," understates Brabham.
He’s also a Wallabies
rugby fan, of course, and is expecting Australia to get into the
World Cup final just before he leaves the UK on Sunday. He’s
prepared with his Wallabies rugby shirt.
Australia versus England
on ‘Bathurst night’? That sounds like a dramatic occasion
in the mountains: let’s hope it’s not New Zealand versus
make the final (on Saturday night) I will have to make sure Philipp,
Andrea or Klaus is in the car when the game is on!" concludes