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David Brabham
David Brabham 2007.jpg
David Brabham in 2007
Nationality Australia Australian
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 1990, 1994
Teams Brabham, Simtek
Races 30 (24 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1990 San Marino Grand Prix
Last race 1994 Australian Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 1993, 1996 -
Teams Tom Walkinshaw Racing, Gulf Racing/GTC Racing, David Price Racing, Panoz Motorsports, Team Bentley, Zytek Engineering, Aston Martin Racing, Russian Age Racing, Peugeot Sport Total
Best finish 1st (2009)
Class wins 3 (2007, 2008, 2009)

David Brabham (born 5 September 1965 in Wimbledon, London) is an Australian former Formula One driver who raced for the Brabham and Simtek teams. He is now one of the most successful and experienced specialists in sports car racing. He is the youngest son of Sir Jack Brabham, the Australian triple Formula One champion.

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Early life

He spent his childhood in Australia. Despite his father's motor racing fame he took little interest in motor racing until after he left school. As a child he played the more accessible sport of soccer up until the age of twelve and then took up Australian rules football when the family moved to Sydney. Growing up, Sir Jack did not force David into racing, and it was only after discovering go-karts at 17, that he became enthusiastic enough to purchase a second-hand go-kart with his next-door neighbour and begin racing.

Motor racing career

Early career

Brabham's professional racing career began in Australia in 1983, racing karts for two years, after which he moved into the Ford Laser "one make" series for 1985. In 1986 he switched to Formula Ford 1600 and subsequently to Australian Formula 2, winning the 1987 Australian Drivers' Championship in that category. He also competed in the New Zealand Formula Atlantic series, the American Formula Atlantic series and in the South American Formula 3 Championship during the 1987 season.[1] A move from Australia to Europe under sponsorship from Camel in 1989 saw him joining the Bowman team and winning the British Formula Three Championship.

Formula One career

Brabham's break into Formula One with the Brabham team met with little success. In 14 races he only managed to qualify the uncompetitive Judd-engined car six times. This led to him being replaced at the end of the season. Brabham joined the Tom Walkinshaw Racing Jaguar team in 1991 and also in that year won the Spa 24 Hours for Nissan. Brabham won the 24 Hours of Daytona for Jaguar in 1992.

David Brabham driving for Simtek in 1994

Brabham returned to Formula One in 1994 with the under-funded Simtek team who suffered the blow of the death of Roland Ratzenberger whilst in qualifying for the San Marino Grand Prix. Traditionally the other team driver would withdraw in such a situation, but seeing the demoralisation around him, Brabham decided to race on, only to crash out after a suspension failure of his own. In Ratzenberger's memory the team made a collective decision to see out the season.

Touring Cars

Brabham quit Formula One at the end of that year to begin touring car racing. 1995 in a BTCC BMW was not a success, but subsequent successes included winning the 1996 JGTC GT500 championship in McLaren F1 GTR (so far the only non-Japanese team car to win this), and the Bathurst 1000 in its Supertouring era in 1997 with brother Geoff.

He won the Professional Sports Car Championship in the United States with the Panoz racing team in 1998, and the 1999 Petit Le Mans race also with Panoz.

Le Mans racing

Since 1999 he has been a regular in the American Le Mans Series, having raced for teams such as Panoz and Prodrive (Ferrari 550 Maranello; he currently races an Acura ARX-02 for Highcroft Racing. He won the Sebring 12-hour race in 2005. In Australia, he has contested the Bathurst 24 Hour race and continued to make occasional appearances in the Bathurst 1000.

Brabham has won a total of 15 American Le Mans Series events across all 4 classes in the series.

In 2003 Brabham finished 2nd at the 2003 24 Hours of Le Mans driving for Bentley. In 2005 he started the first of 4 consecutive Le Mans starts racing Aston Martin DBR9's. He finished 9th overall and 3rd in the GT1 Class for Aston Martin Racing. At the 2006 24 Hours of Le Mans, Brabham scored a 4th in the GT1 category (9th overall) driving for Russian Age Racing. Brabham won the GT1 class of the 2007 24 Hours of Le Mans and again in the 2008 24 Hours of Le Mans driving a for Aston Martin Racing. Driving for Peugeot, he won the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans outright with co-drivers Alexander Wurz and Marc Gene.

Family

Brabham's two older brothers Geoff and Gary also pursued motor racing careers.

Complete Formula One results

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
1990 Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT59 Judd V8 USA
BRA
SMR
DNQ
MON
Ret
CAN
DNQ
MEX
Ret
FRA
15
GBR
DNQ
GER
Ret
HUN
DNQ
BEL
Ret
ITA
DNQ
POR
Ret
ESP
DNQ
JPN
Ret
AUS
Ret
NC 0
1994 MTV Simtek Ford Simtek S941 Ford V8 BRA
12
PAC
Ret
SMR
Ret
MON
Ret
ESP
10
CAN
14
FRA
Ret
GBR
15
GER
Ret
HUN
11
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
POR
Ret
EUR
Ret
JPN
12
AUS
Ret
NC 0

Racing career

Season Series Position Car Team
1985 Goodyear Car Owners Club Laser Series[2] 6th Ford KB Laser
1986 Motorcraft Formula Ford "Driver to Europe" Series[3] 5th Van Diemen RF85 Ford
1987 Australian Drivers' Championship 1st Ralt RT30 Volkswagen Australian Motor Racing
1987 Australian Formula 2 Championship 12th Ralt RT30 Volkswagen Australian Motor Racing Pty Ltd
1988 British Formula 3 Championship Class B 3rd Ralt RT31 Volkswagen Jack Brabham Racing
1989 British Formula 3 Championship 1st Ralt RT31 Volkswagen Jack Brabham Racing
1989 Macau Grand Prix 1st Ralt RT33 Volkswagen
1991 World Sportscar Championship 18th Jaguar XJR-14 Silk Cut Jaguar
1992 World Sportscar Championship 10th Toyota TS010 Toyota Team TOM's
1995 British Touring Car Championship 13th BMW 318i Schnitzer Motorsport
1996 All-Japan GT Championship 1st McLaren F1 GTR BMW Team Lark
1997 FIA GT Championship 23rd Panoz Esperante GTR-1 Ford David Price Racing
1998 FIA GT Championship 11th Panoz Esperante GTR-1 Ford DAMS
1999 American Le Mans Series 2nd Panoz Esperante GTR-1 Ford
Panoz LMP-1 Roadster-S Ford
Panoz Motor Sports
2000 American Le Mans Series 7th Panoz LMP-1 Roadster-S Ford Panoz Motor Sports
2001 American Le Mans Series 7th Panoz LMP07 Élan
Panoz LMP-1 Roadster-S Élan
Panoz Motor Sports
2002 American Le Mans Series 6th Panoz LMP01 Evo Élan Panoz Motor Sports
2003 American Le Mans Series (GTS Class) 3rd Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello Prodrive
2004 American Le Mans Series (GTS Class) 7th Saleen S7-R Ford
Lamborghini Murciélago R-GT
ACEMCO Motorsports
Krohn-Barbour Racing
2005 American Le Mans Series (GT1 Class) 11th Aston Martin DBR9 Aston Martin Racing
2005 V8Supercar Championship Series 36th Ford BA Falcon Ford Performance Racing
2006 American Le Mans Series (GT2 Class) 5th Panoz Esperante GT-LM Multimatic Motorsports
2007 American Le Mans Series (P2 Class) 9th Acura ARX-01a Highcroft Racing
2008 American Le Mans Series (P2 Class) 3rd Acura ARX-01B Highcroft Racing
2009 American Le Mans Series (P1 Class) 1st Acura ARX-02a Highcroft Racing

References

  1. ^ David Brabham Driver Biography Retrieved from fiagt.com on 19 August 2008
  2. ^ Australian Motor Racing Year, 1986/87, page 55
  3. ^ Australian 'Driver to Europe' Series Retrieved from Formula Ford Australia 20 August 2008

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Graham Watson
Winner of the Australian Drivers' Championship
1987
Succeeded by
Rohan Onslow
Preceded by
JJ Lehto
British Formula Three Champion
1989
Succeeded by
Mika Häkkinen
Preceded by
Enrico Bertaggia
Macau Grand Prix Winner
1989
Succeeded by
Michael Schumacher
Preceded by
Masahiko Kageyama
All-Japan Grand Touring Car Champion
1996 with:
John Nielsen
Succeeded by
Pedro de la Rosa
Michael Krumm
Masami Kageyama
Preceded by
Craig Lowndes
Greg Murphy
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
1997
(with Geoff Brabham)
Succeeded by
Rickard Rydell
Jim Richards
Preceded by
Allan McNish
Rinaldo Capello
Tom Kristensen
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
2009 with:
Marc Gené
Alexander Wurz
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Lucas Luhr
Marco Werner
American Le Mans Series champion
2009
with Scott Sharp
Succeeded by
Incumbent







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