Sportscar legend David Brabham will make his race debut in the Volkswagen Scirocco R Cup, on September 17-19, as the innovative one-make championship takes in double-header rounds at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, Germany.
The reigning American Le Mans Series LMP1 champion and 2009 outright winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will join the series, billed as the world's most eco-conscious one-make cup, for the penultimate rounds of the season.
Each Volkswagen Scirocco R is fitted with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder TSI engine running on bio-CNG, which reduces CO2 emissions by 80 per cent compared with conventional engines. This unit develops a peak of 225 hp and 203 lbs ft of torque and, to ensure close racing, a push-to-pass system is also available providing the drivers with a short 50 hp rise in power.
The Scirocco R's green credentials are a perfect fit for Brabham, who is considered the founder of the American Le Mans Series' green movement and is a Green Racing Ambassador for the Green Dream Team. His letter to series founder Don Panoz and President/CEO Scott Atherton in 2004, suggesting the ALMS seriously consider the strategy of alternative fuels, helped establish the Michelin Green X Challenge.
In addition to the regular competitors, Brabham will race at Oschersleben alongside fellow motorsport legend, and his Le Mans 24 Hours Highcroft Racing team-mate, Marco Werner, Frank Biela and guest entrant Lucy — one of Germany's most successful female musicians from the group 'No Angels'.
Brabham currently leads the LMP title battle in the American Le Mans Series for Patrón Highcroft Racing by 16 points. He heads to the Börde plains around Magdeburg just one week before mounting his final 2010 championship challenge in pursuit of back-to-back titles in the 1,000-mile/10-hour endurance classic - Petit Le Mans on October 2.
It's been a busy month away from his usual Highcroft driving duties. Brabham travels to Germany fresh from a promising Australian V8 supercar debut at Phillip Island with IRWIN Racing last weekend.
“It's a pleasure to return to racing with Volkswagen,” said Brabham. “Our relationship goes back to 1989 when I won the British F3 Championship and the Macau Grand Prix.
“It's also really nice to be heading back to race in Germany - I still have fond memories of my 2000 win at the Nürburgring 1000km with Panoz. In fact, Germany has a special importance to the Brabham family.