Brabham Automotive and the Britcar Dunlop Endurance Championship have announced that reigning series champion, Paul Bailey, will enter the 2020 season in his newly purchased Brabham BT62.
Bailey will partner with Brabham Automotive development driver and professional GT racer, Ross Wylie, himself a former Britcar and British GT4 champion – for a full season’s campaign in a newly manufactured Brabham BT62 Competition.
Ross spent much of 2019 working with David Brabham and the team to hone the BT62’s on-track performance. His experience in racing, and with the BT62 in particular, makes him well-placed to help Paul Bailey get up to speed quickly in his new car.
This will be the first customer-entered Brabham BT62 to compete anywhere in the world.
“After ten years of racing and multiple class championship wins, I wanted to reward myself with a top-class race car for the new decade. Testing Brabham Automotive’s product against the competition’s cars left me with no doubt that the race car to buy was the new Brabham BT62,” said Bailey.
“I am extremely pleased to have the full support of the Brabham Motorsport customer racing programme for this season and look forward to a successful Britcar Championship alongside Ross Wylie”
The BT62 was added to Britcar’s approved entry list for 2020 after its successful debut at Brands Hatch in November 2019. This race saw David Brabham and Will Powell achieve the Brabham Automotive’s maiden victory in the BT62 while running a restricted 60% throttle setting.
Paul Bailey’s Brabham BT62 will be delivered with a similar ECU that includes a mode to reduce power output in keeping with series requirements. Although regulated when running in Britcar events, the ECU mode can be adjusted back to full power for testing, or for racing in other series for which the car is eligible around the world. This means that the full potential of the BT62’s 700bhp V8 naturally aspirated powertrain can be retained whilst providing incredible flexibility.
Paul Bailey and other aspiring owners will have the option to enter the car in a number of additional global GT championships, with specific details to follow in the coming weeks.
“We will be busy delivering track and road compliant BT62s to new owners throughout 2020, but the first BT62 Competition in customer’s hands is a key milestone for Brabham Automotive as an OEM, and a marker of the brand returning as a constructor of competitive racing cars that customers can run themselves,” said Dan Marks, CEO of Brabham Automotive.
“We anticipate a successful season for Paul and Ross and are confident the BT62’s performance will encourage others to look very seriously at purchasing a Brabham for racing, track use in a gentleman racing environment or for use on the road.”