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Brabs For Bathurst

dailysportscar.com We 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 Ferrari 360 in the second running of the 24 Hours – partnering Philipp Peter, Andrea Montermini and Klaus Engelhorn (right to left).

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.

dailysportscar.com"I 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 France!

"When we 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 Brabs.

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