27 May 2009
Tired Brabham glad of extra Peugeot test
David Brabham has admitted that he was glad that he jumped on a 'plane and flew transatlantic to take part in a 30-hour endurance test with Peugeot - even if the exercise left him exhausted.
The test, at Paul Ricard, came just a few days after Brabham accompanied Patron Highcroft team-mate Scott Sharp to second place in the Larry H Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix at Miller Motorsport Park close to Salt Lake City, but the Australian was keen to get as much extra mileage in the 908 HDi FAP as possible before next month's Le Mans marathon.
“They'd had a look at my test mileage and realised I hadn't done a lot,” Brabham wrote on the official American Le Mans series website, "I was more than happy to reorganise my week just to get more time in the Peugeot and be more familiar with the car and the team so that, when I get to Le Mans, I am in a good state of mind and feel well prepared.
“[During the test], there were five drivers and we all double-stinted, which was really tough - by the end of the test, I was totally exhausted. I knew I would be as Salt Lake is such a demanding circuit physically and, going straight from there to an endurance test, I knew I was going to have to dig deep. I did it, but it's not the ideal preparation for a 30-hour test.
"I've been trying to gather as much information as possible before Le Mans, in the way that the car works, the traction control, and the tyres, just gathering banks of information to ensure I am well on top of things when I get to Le Mans, so I'm in tune with the car before we get there.
“It was great to get valuable time and more mileage in the Peugeot, and it will be the last car I drive before Le Mans, so there won't be any confusion in my mind when I get back in the driving seat in a couple of weeks time. When I jumped back into the Patrón Highcroft Acura at Salt Lake, I was heading for the wrong buttons on the steering wheel...."
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