Brabham thrilled with his trifecta of starts
A HOST of international drivers will compete at the next three rounds of the V8 Supercars, but only one will compete in all three events.
David Brabham, Le Mans 24-hour winner and youngest son of triple Formula One champion Sir Jack Brabham, will partner Alex Davison in all three rounds.
Brabham has tested the Irwin Falcon he will be racing with Davison and says they have a ‘‘big advantage’’ at the Gold Coast race next month by first competing in the two endurance rounds at Phillip Island and Bathurst.
‘‘It’s really good for us to get an understanding of how each other works, for me to understand how the car works, because this is a very different animal to what I’ve raced regularly in America,’’ the current American Le Mans series leader says.
‘‘I think it’s going to be a fantastic time for us because I reckon we’ll have a good advantage.’’
Brabham joins a host of international stars for the Gold Coast round, including three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves of Brazil, IndyCar series leader Will Power of Toowoomba, World Touring Car racer Alain Menu of Switzerland and three-times World Touring Car champion Andy Priaulx of the UK.
‘‘I think it’s going to be the world’s greatest touring car race,’’ Brabham says.
‘‘It will be a fantastic event. Everyone is talking about it.
‘‘All my friends who race overseas are talking about it. They want to get in on it.’’
Roland Dane, boss of V8 Supercars champions TeamVodafone, confirms that the Gold Coast race is big news in European racing circles where he has spent some of the nine-week mid-season break.
‘‘People are asking what is going on on the Gold Coast,’’ he says.
‘‘The recent announcement of Castroneves has been big news. It’s put the series in the international spotlight. People are saying, ‘How can you get these international stars and the Beach Boys there?’ ’’
The Gold Coast circuit is famous for race crashes and Brabham admits anything can happen.
‘‘Hopefully there’s not a lot of carnage,’’ he says. ‘‘With all of those guys out there trying to fight for top position, it’s going to be interesting.
‘‘Everyone will be out there pushing, learning as much as they can leading up to the races, starting the race — going through the whole format is going to be so new to them.’’
Excited: the 2009 Le Mans 24-hour race-winning Peugeot of David Brabham.