David Brabham will again underline his versatility this weekend as, having clinched back-to-back ALMS sportscar titles, he heads back to his native Australia to tackle the classic V8 Supercar event at Bathurst's Mount Panorama.

The IRWIN Racing recruit has settled into the Ford Falcon he will share with regular incumbent Alex Davison, and is ready to attack at this weekend's Supercheap Auto 1000 following a steady outing at Phillip Island recently.

Brabham, who won his second consecutive American Le Mans Series title in the US last weekend and drove his first V8 Supercar in four years at the L&H 500 last month, felt comfortable in the IRWIN Ford and now has a Bathurst 1000 podium firmly in his sights.

"My goal was to get in the top ten at Phillip Island, this was the first step, but the next step is to get on the podium at Bathurst," he said.

"At Phillip Island, I had to focus a lot on myself, not worry about what was happening around me and just plug away at it. The thing I took away from that weekend was confidence, which I'll take with me to Bathurst."

Brabham drove superbly during his double stint at the L&H 500, impressing everyone with his consistently fast lap times, which matched those of series champions Jaimie Whincup and Mark Skaife.

As a result, Brabham believes that he has grown accustomed to driving a V8 Supercar a lot faster than he's previously experienced.

"I don't think it's actually taken me that long to feel comfortable again, which is really good, and this comes from the support of everyone at IRWIN Racing," he noted.

"The transition [from sportscars] has been fast, it was just a quick question of me working on myself to be honest.

"It was just prior to the [Phillip Island] race that I felt 'yeah, I can now contribute to the team' in terms of my pace and feedback.

"We started to make some set-up changes based on what I was saying and we had a pretty good race car, I was pleased that what I was saying had some accuracy to it."

Coming from the American Le Mans Series, Brabham admits that he has had to contend with a new team and a very different car.

"You learn so much, I mean the racing is so different to what I'm used to," he explained, "It's really about just trying to get a feel for the team and how they operate, and how Alex operates.

"I mean there are still a few things that I need to look at but, with the success at Phillip Island, it gives the team a really good boost leading into the big one, which is Bathurst."

Straight after the L&H 500, Brabham was on a flight returning to Europe. He raced in the Volkswagen Scirocco R Cup race in Germany the weekend following Phillip Island - finishing third outright - and was in the US last weekend, winning his class in the final round of the American Le Mans Series and, with it, the overall championship.

Despite his globe-trotting, however, Brabham is not expecting his recent American Le Mans drive to affect his performance at Bathurst this weekend.

"I'm sure the first few laps will be 'oh my god, what is all this again?'" he accepted, "I think that what I'm pleased about the most is the narrowing gap between last time I was in a V8 four years ago, to now. I seem to have got on top of the pace pretty quickly this time. A few weeks break hopefully won't make too much difference."

Brabham and Davison hit the track in the #4 IRWIN Ford Falcon on Thursday, with racing in the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 starting at 1030hrs local time on Sunday [10 October].


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