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David Brabham returns to GC600 with Erebus Motorsport

Erebus Motorsport will keep the international flavour alive at this weekend’s Gold Coast 600, when Le Mans 24 Hour Champion, David Brabham will partner Tim Slade in the #47 Heavy Haulage Australia E63 AMG.

It will be the second consecutive year that Brabham has partnered Slade in the Surfers Paradise street race and the third that he will be with many of the Erebus Motorsport crew after he shared the IRWIN Racing car with Alex Davison in 2011.

He arrives in Australia fresh from finishing second to Ryan Briscoe in the LMP2 category at the Petit Le Mans over the weekend in Atlanta. After 10 hours of racing, just 1.3 seconds separated the Australian stars. He is keen to build on last year’s performance on the Gold Coast where the duo led the Sunday race after starting 11th.

The Heavy Haulage Australia team are on for a strong result on the Gold Coast after a torrid Bathurst 1000, that saw them re-build the #47 car from the ground up after a heavy practice incident on Thursday at Mount Panorama.

Brabham steps into the seat for the event in place of Andrew Thompson who has completed the first two endurance races this year.

Brabham is expected to be visited at the circuit by his three-time Formula 1 World Championship-winning dad, Sir Jack, and his fellow Le Mans-winning older brother, Geoff.

Just over one week ago, Erebus Motorsport had double Formula 1 World Champion, Mika Hakkinen pilot one of its SLS AMG GT3 Gullwings in the GT Asia Series event, where he won one race with young Chinese racer, Matthew Solomon.

The team employs European ace, Maro Engel in its #9 SP Tools entry, who will share his car with Gold Coaster, Steve Johnson.

The team’s IRWIN Tools E63 AMG will continue to be driven by regular driver Lee Holdsworth and his Gold Coast teammate Craig Baird.

The Gold Coast 600 is the final event in the inaugural Enduro Cup for the three two driver races in V8 Supercars and sees the competitors race two 300km events around the streets of Surfers Paradise.


DAVID BRABHAM - #47 HEAVY HAULAGE AUSTRALIA RACING E63 AMG:

“It’s fantastic to be back racing with Tim in the Heavy Haulage Australia machine and to be doing it in a Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG for the first time on the streets of the Gold Coast,” said Brabham.

“This event is one of my favourites worldwide, there is always a great atmosphere wherever you are in Surfers Paradise and around the Gold Coast, so it truly is a pleasure to be coming back here.

“I’ve not driven one of these new cars, but have been keeping a close eye on the development of the Erebus Motorsport squad throughout the year particularly.

“The results at Sandown speak volumes for what they have achieved in a very short period of time.

“After the effort at Bathurst by the Erebus Motorsport crew, the boys and Tim deserve a good result to drive them on for the remainder of the season and hopefully I can be here to do that for them.”

RYAN MADDISON - EREBUS MOTORSPORT CEO:

“It’s great that Erebus Motorsport can add another successful and internationally recognised name to our driver roster in David Brabham,” said Maddison.

“Brabham comes to the #47 Heavy Haulage Australia Racing with a great working knowledge of our team members from the past two years. To add his Formula 1 and Le Mans experience to the list of drivers who have driven Erebus Motorsport cars in our very short history is another success factor for us.

“The crew have worked tirelessly since Bathurst to ensure that they will deliver a car to contend for wins and it would give us no greater pleasure than to have our first podium at the Gold Coast.

“We’ve shown with our commitment last weekend in Australia at Bathurst and in China with Mika Hakkinen and AMG Customer Sports that Erebus Motorsport is proactive in becoming an internationally recognised motorsport brand.

“The Brabham name and the Gold Coast race are synonymous with motorsport globally, so we’re very excited.”

DAVID BRABHAM PROFILE:
Born: September 5, 1965
Place: Wimbledon, England
Lives: Sibford Ferris, England
Status: Married
Children: Jayson, Sam and Finn

Career Highlights:
- 2010 American Le Mans Series Champion (HPD P1)
- 2009 Le Mans 24 Hour winner (with Alex Wurz and Marc Gene)
- 2009 American Le Mans Series Champion (Acura P1)
- 1998 American Sports Car Champion (Panoz)
- 1997 AMP Bathurst 1000 winner (with brother Geoff Brabham, Diet-Coke BMW 320i)
- 1989 British Formula 3 Champion
- 1996 All-Japan GT Champion (with John Nielsen)
- 1987 Australian Drivers’ Champion

Interesting Facts:
- Started in 24 Formula 1 Grand Prix (in 1990 for Brabham and in 1994 for Simtek)
- Did not initially pursue a racing career until sampling a go kart at age 17
- Raced against Mark Skaife in the one-make Ford Laser series in the mid 1980s
- Was Rookie of the Year at Bathurst in 1993 driving for Gibson Motorsport and since driven V8 Supercars for Wayne Gardner, Ford Performance Racing, Dick Johnson Racing and Stone Brothers Racing
- His son Sam is now carving a racing career in his own right
- Occupies the role of Advisor to the MSA (Motor Sport Association) Academy in the UK

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