David Brabham heads back to his homeland Australia this week poised for his race debut at the 2015 Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hours with Flying B Racing, aboard the Bentley Continental GT3. The trip back to home soil will be David’s first since he launched Project Brabham, the bold sustainable open source racing model to return the iconic Brabham Racing team to race around the globe.
Although a former winner of the Bathurst 1000, alongside brother Geoff in the BMW 320i in 1997, who also came close to 24 Hour victory in 2002, David is yet to race in the Bathurst 12 Hours in his staggering 30-year career. Stretching from karting to F1, the youngest son of the legendary late Sir Jack Brabham has raced at the highest sportscar echelons since 1991 amassing a host of international titles which include three wins at Le Mans, including outright victory in 2009, and two ALMS crowns in 2009 and 2010.
Reunited with the Bentley brand, having finished second at Le Mans with the prestige marque in 2003, David joins 2014 winners and teammates Peter Edwards and John Bowe for his inaugural assault. It is not, however, David’s first time racing with the Maranello outfit, he raced for the team in 2004 winning the Bahrain GT Festival alongside the late Allan Simonsen.
Billed as Australia’s international endurance race, the 2015 Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hours will boast a 55-strong entry list featuring the best teams and drivers from home and abroad. The outright class is reported to be the strongest ever 12-hour entry and with international drivers such as Patrick Long, Mika Salo, Maro Engel and Bernd Schneider, David is fully focused on taking another accolade at Mount Panorama.
Brabham’s attendance will give Australian Project Brabham backers their first opportunity to catch up with the new Brabham Racing Team Principal at the New South Wales circuit.
Once his driving duties are complete, Brabham will stay on in Australia to hold meetings with various potential partners interested in investing in the iconic Brabham brand that will bring the team name back to racing via the FIA World Endurance Championship LMP2 class.
“Bathurst is one of the most enjoyable race tracks to drive on around the world and I have been lucky enough to have driven quite a few to know that,” said David. “Returning to Bentley is really special as the relationship I had with them during Bentley's 1-2 at Le Mans in 2003 created a strong bond that continues through to today.
“I really look forward to driving the Bentley GT3 with Flying B Racing, as I know the guys there and they do a top job. John Bowe is a legend of Australian racing, it’s going to be great working with him and Peter Edwards.
“The trip will also give me the opportunity to talk about Project Brabham while I am there, as we had a great response from our Aussie supporters in our crowdfunding campaign. I will also be talking to potential partners and investors about getting behind our vision for the Brabham brand with a world class racing team at the heart of it.”
Since its launch at the end of September 2014, Project Brabham has built a global community of over 3,000 people from 64 countries all backing the new approach for racing which makes motorsport more accessible, transparent and engaging to fans while allowing the team to be more self-sufficient. It raised £278,057 (approx. $539,866 AUD) in the crowdfunding phase, nearly £30,000 (around $58,323 AUD) over its initial target, making it one of the most successful sports campaigns worldwide.
The first of its kind in the sport, Brabham-Digital, a knowledge sharing and e-learning platform, will provide unrivalled behind-the-scenes access, immersing members in the highs and lows of returning the team to world-class status with three web applications, Brabham-Fan, Brabham-Driver and Brabham-Engineer.
To find out more about Project Brabham and what it hopes to achieve, visit the official website at www.brabham.co.uk for further information and to become the heartbeat of the new Brabham Racing team.
The official track action will begin at Mount Panorama with practice on Friday and qualifying on Saturday. The 2015 Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour race will go green at 5.50am on Sunday morning.