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Brabham Returns To Mount Panorama

In retro-liveried Toyota GT 86

David Brabham will return to Mount Panorama next month at the wheel of this retro-liveried Toyota as he joins the grid for the Toyota 86 Racing Series supporting the Bathurst 1000.

Brabs will fill a guest driver slot in the races as an invitation by Toyota Australia.

“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,” said Brabham.

“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.

“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.

“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.”

The drive sees Brabham return to the circuit for the first time since 2015 when he contested the Bathurst 12 Hour in a Bentley Continental GT3 (top), his race ending in disappointment after the car was rudely barged into the barriers.

His earlier experience around the circuit though has seen him make nine Bathurst 1000 starts, including a victory in 1997 alongside his brother Geoff Brabham in a BMW Super Touring car.