David Brabham will be looking to restore his American Le Mans Series race winning momentum in round six, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge at Lexington, Ohio, August 5-7, as the 2010 championship battle enters a pivotal point in the season.
With three races scheduled across the next four weeks, putting solid points on the LMP board has never been more important for Brabham and the Patrón Highcroft Racing crew.
Together with teammate Simon Pagenaud, Brabham took a solid second place finish at Highcroft's home circuit of Lime Rock Park last time out, sealing Brabham's 56th top three Series finish and an unfaltering season podium record despite the HPD ARX-01c still suffering a straight line speed disadvantage to its LMP rivals.
Brabham put Highcroft's HPD prototype on pole, his first of the season and 13th of his Series career, in stunning style for round five in extremely wet conditions. But a puncture developed in the closing stages of the race while Brabham was chasing down championship rival Klaus Graf in the Porsche Spyder put pay to his race winning chances and hopes of taking four consecutive victories.
“To win these races you have to do everything correctly, as CytoSport did at Lime Rock,” said Brabham. “We had a run of three races where we executed everything perfectly and won each race, but not by huge margins. We were about to pounce at Lime Rock when we got the puncture, so we're doing our job well. We've got a lot of racing left and points up for grabs, so the focus is now firmly on Mid-Ohio.
“You dig deeper after every race weekend. I know every team member, myself included, will look back at Lime Rock and think they could have done better and that's what makes us stronger. We are more than happy to look back at our weaknesses and see where we need to improve and we do.
“That's been the progression of the team since it first started. Duncan [Dayton] has very clear ambitions about where he wants to take the team and the team are with him. We are all pushing because the competition is tough. I feel very lucky and privileged to drive with such a great team.”
Regardless of track debris once again stealing away a potential race win, mirroring Highcroft's 2009 Lime Rock misfortune, the Brabham/Pagenaud pairing still lead Graf by seven points in the LMP battle as the American Le Mans Series heads to Mid-Ohio and the building crescendo to the 2010 season.
“We've got a busy period coming up so it's important we finish every race and finish every race well,” continued Brabs. “We want to make sure that when we get to Petit Le Mans we have a good points lead and of course we know from Lime Rock that's not always easy.