Sports car legend and former F1 driver David Brabham has been awarded a surprise call-up to this weekend’s Armor All Gold Coast 600 round of the V8 Supercars Championship.
The former American Le Mans Series champion will partner Tim Slade in the #47 Erebus Motorsport AMG Mercedes-Benz, which will have its first hit-out on the Surfers Paradise street circuit.
Brabham will step into the role occupied by Andrew Thompson, who had a two-race deal to partner Slade at the previous rounds of the Pirtek Endurance Cup, the Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000. The pair achieved a best finish of 21st at the former, but suffered a troubled race at Bathurst after a huge Friday practice accident almost wrote off the car.
The former Brabham and Simtek F1 racer will head to Queensland ahead of this weekend’s double-race event, fresh from a second-placed finish at Sunday’s Petit Le Mans, in which he finished second in the LMP2 class.
It will be the third time that Brabham has partnered Slade at the Gold Coast 600, with the pair having driven together at the last two events when the team was owned by Stone Brothers Racing.
“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,” Brabham said in the team’s media release.
“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 [Car of the Future] cars, but have been keeping a close eye on the development of the Erebus Motorsport squad throughout the year particularly.”
For those of you who haven’t read our exclusive interview with David Brabham from last year, you can do so by clicking here.