Brian Redman

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Brian Redman
Brian Redman 1969 kl.JPG
Born (1937-03-09) 9 March 1937 (age 77)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality United Kingdom British
Active years 1968, 19701974
Teams Cooper, Williams, Surtees, McLaren, BRM, Shadow
Races 15 (12 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 1
Career points 8
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1968 South African Grand Prix
Last race 1974 Monaco Grand Prix

Brian Herman Thomas Redman[1] (born 9 March 1937 in Colne, Lancashire and educated at Rossall School, Fleetwood, Lancashire,[2]) is an English racing driver.

He was very successful in sportscar racing and the World Sportscar Championship, winning the 1970 Targa Florio with a Porsche 908 and the 12 Hours of Sebring twice, in 1975 with a BMW Coupé, in 1978 with a Porsche 935 and the Spa-Francorchamps 1000km race 4 times (1968–1970, 1972). He was for many years associated with the Chevron marque, founded by fellow-Lancastrian Derek Bennett.

Career[edit]

Redman drove for Shadow Racing Cars both in CanAm and in Formula One. He also appeared in McLaren, Cooper and Alfa Romeo cars.

Redman driving a Ferrari 312PB at the Nürburgring in 1972
Redman driving an Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 TT 12 at the Nürburgring in 1974

He participated in 15 World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 1 January 1968. He achieved one podium in the 1968 Spanish Grand Prix in third place behind Graham Hill and Denny Hulme in a Cooper BRM. He then had an accident at the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps, crashing his Cooper-BRM at Malmedy corner; he survived with a broken arm. He scored a total of 8 championship points with two 5th places in 1972, at the Monaco Grand Prix and the German Grand Prix driving a Yardley McLaren.

He was offered various other Formula One drives, but did not particularly enjoy the atmosphere of F1 even in the 1970s, preferring sports car racing. He achieved spectacular success in this category of racing, particularly in 1969 and 1970 as a Porsche works driver; in 1970 he drove a Porsche 917K and a Porsche 908/03 with former works Aston Martin racing team manager John Wyer's Gulf-sponsored team in 1970, winning a handful of races with Jo Siffert, including the grueling Targa Florio in Sicily. The conservative Redman decided to retire from his dangerous profession, getting a job as a Volkswagen car dealership manager in South Africa in 1971. But this only lasted for 4 months, as he did not like the political atmosphere of South Africa; and he returned to his home county of Lancashire in Northern England. He didn't have a drive; although Wyer contacted Redman and offered him a drive in the Targa Florio. After being asked by Wyer to start the race (because he did not want Siffert and Pedro Rodríguez (who had an intense track rivalry) on the dangerous and demanding track at the same time), Redman crashed his and Siffert's Porsche 908/03 20 miles into the first lap and was injured. Thinking his career was finished, he then found himself signing a one-race deal to drive for Scuderia Ferrari's sportscar team at the Kyalami 9 Hours race in South Africa that year. He and Clay Regazzoni won the race, and he then received a full-time offer from Ferrari for the 1972 season. He won a number of races (most notably his fourth Spa 1000 km race) and the Ferrari team won every race in the series that year except for Le Mans, an event they did not participate in. He also raced for Ferrari in 1973, winning the Nürburgring 1000km race with Jacky Ickx.

Redman then moved to the United States and then won the SCCA/USAC Formula 5000 Championship three times in a row from 1974 to 1976 against considerable opposition, including Mario Andretti and Al Unser, driving a Jim Hall/Carl Haas entered Lola, in 1975 and the Jackie Oliver, Shadow Dodge and Alan Jones, March 76A. But in 1977 he had a serious accident in his Lola F5000 car at the Mont-Tremblant circuit near St. Jovite; it took him 9 months to recover; but he returned to racing on a spectacular note by winning the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1978 driving a Porsche 935.He even drove one of two Group 6 World Championship 936 Porsche 2.1 turbo at Le Mans and Silverstone in 1979. Later in his career he achieved more success in endurance racing, winning the 1981 IMSA GT championship. His last year of professional racing was at the age of 52, driving for the works Aston Martin team in the 1989 World Sports Prototype Championship.

Redman now lives in Florida and is very active in historic racing. He drives a Porsche 908/03 for the Collier Collection and appears at the Goodwood Festival of Speed every year.

Legacy[edit]


Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 WDC Points
1968 Cooper Car Company Cooper T81B Maserati V12 RSA
Ret
19th 4
Cooper T86B BRM V12 ESP
3
MON
BEL
Ret
NED
FRA
GBR
GER
ITA
CAN
USA
MEX
1970 Rob Walker Racing Team Lotus 49C Cosworth V8 RSA
DNS
ESP
MON
BEL
NED
FRA
NC 0
Frank Williams Racing Cars De Tomaso 505 GBR
DNS
GER
DNQ
AUT
ITA
CAN
USA
MEX
1971 Team Surtees Surtees TS7 Cosworth V8 RSA
7
ESP
MON
NED
FRA
GBR
GER
AUT
ITA
CAN
USA
NC 0
1972 Yardley Team McLaren McLaren M19A Cosworth V8 ARG
RSA
ESP
MON
5
BEL
FRA
9
GBR
GER
5
AUT
ITA
CAN
14th 4
Marlboro BRM BRM P180 BRM V12 USA
Ret
1973 Shadow Racing Team Shadow DN1 Cosworth V8 ARG
BRA
RSA
ESP
BEL
MON
SWE
FRA
GBR
NED
GER
AUT
ITA
CAN
USA
DSQ
NC 0
1974 UOP Shadow Racing Team Shadow DN3 Cosworth V8 ARG
BRA
RSA
ESP
7
BEL
18
MON
Ret
SWE
NED
FRA
GBR
GER
AUT
ITA
CAN
USA
NC 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ FIA Year Book of Automobile Sport 1975. Patrick Stephens Ltd. white p. 41. ISBN 0-85059-195-3. 
  2. ^ Jenkins, Richard. "The World Championship drivers – Where are they now?". OldRacingCars.com. Retrieved 2007-07-29. 
  3. ^ "Redman, Brian - Sports Cars - 2002 | Inductees | Hall of Fame". Mshf.com. 2011-12-15. Retrieved 2013-06-04. 

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