Double Le Mans 24 Hours GT1 class winner David Brabham will take part in his first race with Peugeot Sport this weekend as the French manufacturer continues preparations for the Le Mans 24 Hours with an entry into the Le Mans Series event at Spa.
Brabham will share the new-liveried 908 HDi FAP for the first time with co-drivers Alexander Wurz and Marc Gene ahead of Peugeot's assault on the Le Mans 24 Hours, where he will be looking to secure his third Le Mans title.
The Australian hasn't contested the prestigious Spa endurance event for over a decade, but the 43-year-old admitted it was a firm favourite.
“I'm really looking forward to racing at Spa as it's one of the greatest race tracks in the world,” he said. “This will obviously be my first race with Peugeot so it's going to be a fantastic experience. The car's in good shape and I am looking forward to working with a great team and sharing the Peugeot 908 HDi FAP with my co-drivers Alexander and Marc.
“The race will be good preparation for Le Mans, which is really what we are focussing on. Of course we want to win at Spa, but all of the information we gain will be working towards Le Mans, so we will be doing things to the car and trying out strategies to learn as much as possible.”
Brabham has already enjoyed LMP1 success in the Patrón Highcroft Racing Acura ARX-02a this season, taking the first American Le Mans Series class victory for the marque and the team in only the second round of the season at St Petersburg in April. He takes the Peugeot drive this year with the full blessing of Patrón Highcroft Racing and Acura.
“It's been a good few years since I last raced the 1000 kilometres at Spa but I'm feeling well prepared for my first race in the Peugeot,” he said. “We completed a 30 hour simulation test at Paul Ricard between the St Petersburg and Long Beach ALMS rounds, which went really well. So I'm ready and up for this. When I feel properly prepared, I feel like I have a better chance of winning.”