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Ryan Wood  |    |   0  |  9 January 2019

Brabham confirms WEC GTE entry for 2021/22

Brabham Automotive has confirmed its intention to enter the FIA World Endurance Championship for the 2021/2022 season.

Brabham announced on Wednesday that it would target a return to international sportscar racing and the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans, where it will enter the GTE class with an in-house built and designed sportscar.

Last year the famous automotive brand made its return to the world stage with its BT62 track car, the first car to be produced under the brand since the BT60 Formula 1 car in 1992.

2009 Le Mans winner David Brabham, son of founder and three-time F1 world champion Sir Jack Brabham, is leading the companies charge back into motorsports.

"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 said. "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. 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."

Pierre Fillon, president of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), added: "At Le Mans, the legendary Brabham name instantly conjures up memories of an outstanding family success story.

"It all began in July 1967 at the only French Grand Prix to be held at the Bugatti Circuit, when three-time Formula One world champion Sir Jack Brabham took the honors in a car sporting the Brabham name.

"Sir Jack’s sons, Geoff and David, perpetuated the family tradition by winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1993 and 2009 respectively, both with Peugeot.

"For the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, the return of the Brabham name to endurance racing is therefore much more than symbolic. It demonstrates remarkable loyalty and an extraordinary competitive spirit."

Owners of the BT62 will form part of the test team for Le Mans and will have opportunities to race in the Pro-Am category with Brabham's support.

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