ORLANDO, Fl., Dec. 10, 2009 – At Brembo -- where technology is ever changing, always improving – one thing never seems to change. Year in and year out, Brembo seems to always be the choice of Champions! And 2009 was no different as Brembo-equipped teams dominated on two wheels and four.
Brembo is a fascinating success story just 30 years in the making. Although founded in 1961, Brembo began racing in 1975 when Enzo Ferrari entrusted the Bergamo-based, high performance brake manufacturer with the task of fitting its most prestigious Formula One car. Since then, Brembo has been at the forefront of the motorsports arena, winning over 200 world championships, a record that is unprecedented in the industry.
The reason for the company’s success is fairly simple: Brembo’s constant innovation involving new technologies, materials and state-of-the-art products results in the most comprehensive line of high-performance braking systems and components in the world.
While Brembo is rightly proud of having been involved with Ferrari for 14 of its F1 championships, the company is very pleased to have assisted Jenson Button and Brawn GP Mercedes in achieving their first Formula One Drivers’ and Constructors’ championships this year. In fact, the top four drivers were racing (and braking) with Brembo Racing.
Brembo’s dominance in racing was not reserved for four-wheel vehicles in 2009 as Brembo equipped bikes won every race in two series this season as Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi was crowned MotoGP Champion for the 7th time while Suzuki’s Mat Mladin was crowned American Superbike Champion, also for the 7th time. Former AMA Pro Superbike Champion Ben Spies also rode his Brembo-equipped Yamaha to his first World Superbike championship. In fact, Brembo hasn’t lost a MotoGP championship since 1994, including 19 of the past 22 seasons.
When one thinks of Brembo, sports car racing immediately comes to mind and rightfully so. In 2009, Brembo won its ninth overall victory in ten years at the 24 Hours of Le Mans as the #9 Peugeot 908 driven by Brabham, Gene and Wurz won, ending the Audi dynasty. Brembo also repeated its American Le Mans Series GT2 championship with the #44 Flying Lizard Porsche piloted by two-time champion Jorg Bergmeister and Patrick Long.
Eight other sports car teams equipped with Brembo Racing high-performance brakes were crowned champions in 2009, including both classes in the Grand-Am Rolex Series, the Le Mans Endurance Series and the FIA GT. In the Grand-Am Rolex Series, Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney won their second championship in the #99 Gainsco/Bob Stallings Racing Daytona Prototype, while the #87 Farnbacher Loles Porsche driven by Leh Keen and two-time champion Dirk Werner topped the GT class.
Across the pond, Brembo-equipped teams won LMP1 (Aston Martin Racing) and LMGT2 (Felbermayr Proton Porsche) crowns in the Le Mans Endurance Series, while Richard Westbrook’s ProSpeed Porsche won the GT2 class and Michael Bartels and Andrea Bertolini scored their third GT1 championship in the FIA GT Series.
Brembo claimed another Speed World Challenge TC championship, this time with Pierre Kleinubing in his RealTime Acura TSX, while Ken Wilden was crowned the Grand-Am Koni Challenge champion in the Rehagen Racing Ford Mustang.
Racing teams and manufacturers such as Aston Martin, Audi, Ducati, Ferrari, Peugeot, Porsche, Maserati, Mercedes, Suzuki and Yamaha, who demand the best, turn to the experts in braking technology and performance: Brembo. The strong support and trusted relationships that Brembo has with more than 30 original equipment manufacturers and hundreds of Championship Winning Race Teams in F1, NASCAR, sports cars and motorcycles, is based on the fact that Brembo is the industry benchmark. There is no other company or product line on the market that can match Brembo's level of technology and performance.
Congratulations to all of Brembo’s 2009 Champions and Championship teams.
Partial List of 2009 Brembo Champions
Jenson Button; #22 Brawn GP Mercedes
24 Hours of Le Mans
LMP1: Brabham, Gene & Wurz; #9 Peugeot 908
American Le Mans Series
GT2: Bergmeister & Long; #44 Flying Lizard Porsche GT3 RSR
Grand Am Rolex Series
Daytona Prototype: #99 Fogarty & Gurney; Gainsco/Bob Stallings Racing
GT: Keen & Werner; #87 Farnbacher Loles Porsche GT3
Le Mans Endurance Series
LMP1: Charouz-Enge-Mucke ; #007 Aston Martin Racing
LMGT2: Lieb-Lietz; #77 Felbermayr Proton (Porsche 997 GT3 RSR)
GT1: Bartels-Bertolini; #1 Vitaphone Maserati MC12
GT2: Richard Westbrook; #60 ProSpeed Porsche 997 GT3-RSR
Speed World Challenge Drivers’ & Manufacturers’ Championship
TC: Pierre Kleinubing; RealTime Acura TSX
Grand Am Koni Challenge
GS: Ken Wilden; Rehagen Racing Ford Mustang FR500C
Valentino Rossi; #46 Yamaha YZR-M1 (7th MotoGP Championship)
World Superbike Championship
Ben Spies of Yamaha; Ducati won Manufacturers’ Championship
AMA Superbike Championship
Mat Mladin; #7 Yoshimura Suzuki GSX (7th AMA Pro Superbike Championship)