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Highcroft claims 'good progress' at Sebring

David Brabham said he feels the Patron Highcroft Racing team has made 'good progress' with its new LMP1 Acura ARX-02a following the conclusion of the ALMS Winter Test at Sebring.

Brabham, Scott Sharp and Dario Franchitti completed 69 laps on the final day of the session at the wheel of the new machine, with of lap of 1min 46.157secs for Brabham being good enough for the second quickest time of the day.

''We are making good progress and we are getting to understand the car a lot more as we run,” he said. ''The Acura ARX-02a is getting more and more reliable and we are learning so much about the car which is ideal, because we haven't got much time before the Sebring race. We only have one more test to go, but this week has been very good.

''We have jumped into a new car which is very different in concept and we are at the very beginning of the learning process. It doesn't respond the same way the old car does and it certainly has its strengths and its weaknesses but we have to keep working on being as competitive as we can before the first race.''

Sharp was also pleased with how the final day of running had gone, while Franchitti was able to spend more vital time behind the wheel as he prepares for his one-off drive with the team in the twelve hour event.

''I doubled the amount of laps I had done in the car today which is always a good thing,” he said. “I am getting the hang of it and getting my seat sorted out which is a big thing for a 12 hour race to ensure all the drivers are comfortable.

''We are starting to understand and know where we need to improve the package. It is also becoming more reliable. There is always a certain amount of compromise in sharing a car with two other drivers in a race like Sebring - for starters, both David and Scott left foot brake, and I right foot brake.

''I am really particular about my seat and cockpit padding. Making sure everyone is secure and comfortable in the car is really important.''


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Audi leads at start of Sebring 12 Hours   [image courtesy Audi Motorsport]
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