Brabham, Magnussen split with Panoz

Star sportcars partners David Brabham and Jan Magnussen have been released from their contracts with the American Panoz team

Brabham, Magnussen split with Panoz

The duo, who are regarded as one of the best driver pairings in sportscar racing, are only one season into a three-year deal. It is believed that the shock move is a result of cost-cutting at the muscle car manufacturer.

No comment has been made by Panoz on the decision as yet.

At last weekend's Petit Le Mans, team boss Don Panoz also said that he plans to pull the plug on his team's prototypes after next year's American Le Mans Series in favour of running a GTS class contender. He said that he wants to "race something that looks more like the road cars we build".

The ageing Panoz LMP-01 has struggled to compete with Audi in the ALMS and the Le Mans 24 Hours this year, although Brabham and Magnussen did win two races at Washington and Sears Point.

The pair had a troubled run at Petit Le Mans and finished seventh, two places down on team-mates Bryan Herta and Gunnar Jeanette.

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