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Q&A: David Brabham

Having taken time out of his ALMS programme to contest the Le Mans 24 Hours with Peugeot, David Brabham will return to his regular ride next weekend as Patron Highcroft Racing looks to extend its American Le Mans Series lead at Lime Rock.

Ahead of that event, Brabham answered a few quick-fire questions on the Lime Rock circuit...


Q:
What is your favourite corner and why?

David Brabham:
Turn one is my favourite - it is an extremely fast entry. The resurfacing has made it easier but before they did that you used to lose a lot of grip over the concrete strips. That made it very challenging to get through there quickly.

Now there is more grip you can really commit to the corner and you can carry a lot of speed. Last year we were always quickest through the first sector.

Q:
What is the most challenging aspect of Lime Rock Park?

David Brabham:
Traffic is the key here. It is such a narrow circuit it is a bit like a street circuit without walls. The race last year showed traffic is certainly the biggest challenge."

Q:
What is the secret to a good lap at Lime Rock?

David Brabham:
Getting through that traffic is obviously the secret to putting down consistent laps. The track has changed because of the resurfacing. It is probably now the smoothest track in North America and it required a big change to our set-up last year.

It is a very challenging circuit because to try and find three or four tenths of a second on such a short lap isn't easy. To get pole position and win the race last year was a great team effort. We really got our numbers right.

Q:
If you could make a change to the circuit, what would it be?

David Brabham:
I would probably change the last chicane. It is really a bit tight and I would prefer to go back to the old West Bend corner that was a lot faster. Run-off was probably not good enough for these type of cars with the old configuration and I'm not sure that it still is. The changes have certainly done their job in slowing the cars down in the dangerous places, it just needs to be a little different.

Q:
What is your favourite memory of Lime Rock?

David Brabham:
Last year's race was definitely my favourite memory. Winning the first overall race for Acura and Patrón Highcroft Racing was a great moment for the team.



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