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Brabham takes second succssive ALMS crown

David Brabham can claim yet another entry in the annals of American Le Mans Series history, sealing back-to-back championship titles in style at the final Series round — Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta — winning the LMP2 class and finishing fourth overall.
A legend of the ALMS since its inception in 1999, David Brabham was justifiably rewarded with his first championship crown by winning the 2009 LMP1 title, but another stellar season - during which the Australian celebrated his 100th ALMS race start - delivered not only the drivers crown, but also the teams and manufacturers titles for Patrón Highcroft for the second consecutive year.

The champion partnership of Brabham and Simon Pagenaud delivered a faultless run of podium-perfect performances in their LMP2 class machine, despite competing against more powerful turbo-charged and weight-advantaged LMP1 rivals in the newly combined LMP class.

An impressive tally of a hat-trick of race wins, four second places and a single third place finish helped Highcroft's dynamic duo enter the Petit Le Mans round with a 16-point lead and just needing to complete 70 per cent race distance to take the title.

Treating the season finale like any other race, Pagenaud claimed the class lead within the first 30 minutes at Road Atlanta and took the Highcroft car into the crucial final quarter of the race before Brabham took the chequered flag to claim the team's fourth season victory and cement his double crown.

"It's an amazing feeling and such a great accomplishment to clinch back-to-back titles,” the UK-based Australian said, “It's not an easy thing to do, but we did it by delivering a faultless race to finish the year on a massive high.

“We took the title exactly the way we wanted to. We made sure that we treated this race like another other and concentrated on winning. As soon as you start talking about potential issues, you can create them. Instead, we decided to do what we have been doing all season and it certainly paid off.

“This team has done a stellar job all year. We've finished on the podium every race so full credit must go to the entire Patrón Highcroft crew.

“I've had a great four years since joining the team. We took the LMP1 title last year, I've won Le Mans three times with Peugeot and Aston Martin, and now I've got two ALMS titles. You can't achieve all that without the support of great teams and I feel very fortunate to be achieving all this at this point in my career.

“My two team-mates, Simon and Marino [Franchitti] did a fantastic job as they have done all year. We were pushing hard all the time to find a good rhythm. In fact, we've gone through the entire season without a scratch on the car and that takes some doing. It really is a phenomenal effort.




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