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BRABHAM BACK AT BATHURST

David Brabham will make his return to Mount Panorama next month as one of the invited pro drivers in the Toyota 86 Racing Series.Brabham is the youngest son of three-time Formula One champion Sir Jack, but boasts an impressive resume in international motor racing himself. Brabham’s big international achievements include outright victories in the Le Mans and Nurburgring 24 Hours, the American Le Mans Series and British F3 Championship.

Brabham is also a winner of the Bathurst 1000, a feat he achieved alongside his brother, Geoff, in 1997.

“It’s always a thrill to race at Bathurst – and it’s even better when you’re part of a series that involves such close competition among drivers who are passionate enthusiasts aiming to forge a career in motorsport,” Brabham said.

“By spending the weekend with these drivers, racing against them and just talking to them, I hope I can help improve their performance and encourage them to work hard and be prepared to take the opportunities as they happen.”

Certainly Brabham will be able to relate to the challenge faced by the younger drivers in the series, because it was in a similar type of one-make production car series that Brabham got his start in the sport back in the late 1980s.

For the one-off Bathurst appearance, Toyota asked Brabham to select a special livery and racing number.

“I thought it would be interesting to see how a retro-inspired Brabham design from my father’s era would work on a current car,” he said. “I asked for car number 66, as it represents one of Australia’s greatest motorsport achievements, when Jack won the 1966 Formula 1 World Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships.”