||During braking, third-body flows and layers govern friction mechanisms, which are fully responsible of the friction coefficient and wear. In the context of development of brake friction pairs, the involved tribological circuit has to be well understood and mastered. This paper concerns a sintered metal matrix composite used for TGV very high speed train. A series of low-energy stop brakings allows a detailed study of the third-body formation at the pad-disc contact. The pin surface is observed after each test. The evolution of the rubbing-area expansion all along the series is explained, and the friction behaviour, typical of the studied friction material, is related to the formation of a well-established third body at the pad-disc interface.