Brabham to return to international racing and the Le Mans 24 Hours

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Adelaide, Australia-based manufacturer Brabham Automotive has announced that it will return to international racing. After launching the BT62 track car in 2018, the auto maker has now committed to a factory racing team and a multi-year motorsport program. Development work is already under way.

The team’s target is the Le Mans 24 Hours and World Endurance Championship season in 2021-2022, where it intends to enter the GTE class. The entry will be run and funded in-house by Brabham Automotive and its commercial partners and sponsors.

An extensive testing schedule aimed at developing the BT62 for high-performance endurance racing has been underway for a number of months. It is being led by Brabham Automotive’s managing director and lead test driver, David Brabham.

“Returning the Brabham name to Le Mans is something I have been working on for years, so it’s fantastic to make this announcement today. Brabham Automotive only launched its first car, the BT62, in May 2018 so we have a long road to travel to earn the right to return to compete at Le Mans. That work starts now with a long-term racing commitment,” said Brabham.

“We look forward to developing the BT62 and future products while building a world-class competitive race team around the leading engineering and manufacturing talent we have in the business.”

Further details on the sportscar program, personnel and the GTE vehicle will be released following final confirmation of regulations and entries. The brand has confirmed that the challenger will be an original Brabham based on developing the BT62 chassis, which has already been designed and built to comply with modern FIA safety standards.

Brabham Automotive has also outlined intentions to compete in lower-level series and provide customer racing opportunities in the future.

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