David Brabham scored another sensational second place American Le Mans Series finish in the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge to extend his LMP championship lead to 23 points with three rounds remaining.
Just 0.506 seconds separated Brabham's Patrón Highcroft teammate Simon Pagenaud from the winning Dyson Racing Lola-Mazda in a thrilling round six finish.
Despite again battling an obvious straight-line speed disadvantage, Highcroft continued their 2010 podium pedigree. Finishing no less than second all season, another faultless race secured Brabham's 57th career podium and another impressive points haul.
Missing from the racing action was Highcroft's closest rivals, Greg Pickett's serious accident during Thursday testing sadly ruling the CytoSport Porsche out of the running.
Pagenaud's strong qualifying performance on Friday could only secure third on the Mid-Ohio grid. While the HPD ARX-01c LMP2 car leads the LMP class, which combines LMP1 and LMP2 for 2010, the three race wins and consistent podium finishes have come without performance enhancements by IMSA to match the more powerful LMP1 machines.
With the LMP1 powerhouses once again taking charge as the green flag fell at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Brabham made a solid start to hold fourth before passing Paul Drayson in the Drayson Racing Lola-Judd for third by the end of lap one.
Keeping in close contention of the leading Intersport Lola of Jon Field and second placed Guy Smith in the Dyson Racing car, Brabham was the first to clock up a 1 minute 13 second time on lap 10 as he tailed the leaders by barely one second.
Maintaining an impressive pace around the 2.25-mile 13-turn track, Brabham kept Smith within reach, the gap stretching between 0.2 and 1.6 seconds as the leading trio began to fight through heavy traffic which would become a key factor of the day.
With so much debris on-track, it took a while to clear the rubbish from his Michelin tyres as Brabham sliced through the GT and LMPC fields, allowing the leader to pull out an 8 second lead 30 minutes in.