Dixon fastest as issues hamper Brabham Indy debut


Scott Dixon has blasted to the fastest time after the opening two practice sessions for the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis as Matt Brabham struck early mechanical issues.

Dixon completed the second session by surging to the top in the closing minutes with a 1:09.82s effort.

Brabham’s maiden competitive IndyCar Series session struck early trouble when his machine suffered a damaged hub after a wheel nut on the left rear tyre worked free.

It confined Pirtek Team Murray driver Brabham to his pit box for the remainder of the session after completing a scant three laps.

The opening run was topped by Team Penske driver Will Power who was the only driver out of a 25-strong field to dip under the 1:10s barrier with a 1:09.89s best.

Brabham began the second session with even more impetus on amassing crucial mileage and gathering set-up data.

He had logged eight laps early and then spent a lengthy period in the pits while the team sorted through brake issues.

The 22-year-old returned to the fold with 30 minutes remaining as he completed an 11-lap run before pitting again with 12 minutes remaining.

The team made a front wing adjustment and bolted a fresh set of Firestone tyres before sending Brabham out again.

As Practice 2 ended Brabham managed to turn a total of 24 laps of the 3.8km road course with his best lap of 1:10.97s coming on his 22nd tour which was 1.1s off Dixon’s pace.

“It was one of those days where we working through a lot of things,” Brabham said.

“It was a brand new car and the guys have done a good job of bringing it together.”
Dixon fastest as issues hamper Brabham Indy debut

Friday 13th May, 2016

6:58am

Author: Gordon Lomas ©

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Matthew Brabham has completed his first two practice sessions on the Indianapolis road course

Matthew Brabham has completed his first two practice sessions on the Indianapolis road course

Scott Dixon has blasted to the fastest time after the opening two practice sessions for the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis as Matt Brabham struck early mechanical issues.

Dixon completed the second session by surging to the top in the closing minutes with a 1:09.82s effort.

Brabham’s maiden competitive IndyCar Series session struck early trouble when his machine suffered a damaged hub after a wheel nut on the left rear tyre worked free.

It confined Pirtek Team Murray driver Brabham to his pit box for the remainder of the session after completing a scant three laps.

The opening run was topped by Team Penske driver Will Power who was the only driver out of a 25-strong field to dip under the 1:10s barrier with a 1:09.89s best.

Brabham began the second session with even more impetus on amassing crucial mileage and gathering set-up data.

He had logged eight laps early and then spent a lengthy period in the pits while the team sorted through brake issues.

The 22-year-old returned to the fold with 30 minutes remaining as he completed an 11-lap run before pitting again with 12 minutes remaining.

The team made a front wing adjustment and bolted a fresh set of Firestone tyres before sending Brabham out again.

As Practice 2 ended Brabham managed to turn a total of 24 laps of the 3.8km road course with his best lap of 1:10.97s coming on his 22nd tour which was 1.1s off Dixon’s pace.

“It was one of those days where we working through a lot of things,” Brabham said.

“It was a brand new car and the guys have done a good job of bringing it together.”
Scott Dixon clocked the fastest time of the two practice runs

Scott Dixon clocked the fastest time of the two practice runs

Alex Rossi brought out a stoppage early when he spun his Honda after banking just five timed laps.

However Rossi recovered to dislodge Juan Montoya from the top of the time sheets with 45 minutes remaining before James Hinchcliffe, Power and points leader Simon Pagenaud took turns at the top.

In the end Dixon did enough to shade Pagenaud at the chequered flag with Graham Rahal third best.

Sebastien Bourdais was fourth ahead of Power.

Mikhail Aleshin was sixth from Josef Newgarden, Hinchcliffe and Montoya while Ryan Hunter-Reay completed the top 10.