Highcroft Racing team boss Duncan Dayton says he is keen to retain the services of David Brabham for the 2011 season as the ALMS title winners seek to firm up their plans for the year ahead.

Brabham has been a key part of the Highcroft team in recent years and clinched the ALMS crown last year alongside Simon Pagenaud, with Marino Franchitti also onboard for the longer events on the calendar and the Le Mans 24 Hours.

With his contract with the team having now ended, Brabham is a free agent although he has expressed a desire to remain with Highcroft if a programme can be put together and Dayton said he was keen to keep the experienced Australian onboard.

Dayton also confirmed that his hopes for 2011 is that Highcroft will be able to work alongside HPD on an LMP1 entry after the company revealed it has designed a car to the new prototype rules with the aim being to challenge for honours at Le Mans.

"We are very excited about the new LMP1 car that HPD have the team at Wirth Research working on," Dayton said. "We're still waiting on final word regarding the program but it is certainly our desire to defend our championship crown with an LMP1 entry with David Brabham, Simon Pagenaud and Marino Franchitti as part of our driving squad.

"We are also very keen to return to Le Mans. We earned automatic entries with our championship win and class victory at Petit Le Mans and I know HPD would be very keen to take the new ARX-01e to France.

"The ACO are working hard on improving the balance between the diesel powered machines and petrol cars like the HPD - that makes the Le Mans opportunity even more appealing."



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