David Brabham

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David Brabham
David Brabham 2007.jpg
David Brabham in 2007
Born (1965-09-05) 5 September 1965 (age 48)
Wimbledon, London, England, UK
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Australia Australian
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 1992 - 1993, 19962010, 2012
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, Highcroft Racing, JRM
Best finish 1st (2009)
Class wins 3 (2007, 2008, 2009)

David Brabham (born 5 September 1965) is an Australian racing driver and one of the most successful and experienced specialists in sports car racing. He has won three international Sports Car series and is one of four Australians to have won the Le Mans 24 Hour sports car race, winning the event in 2009. Brabham won the American Le Mans Series in 2009 and 2010. He also competed in Formula One, racing for the Brabham and Simtek teams in 1990 and 1994 respectively. David is the youngest son of three-time Formula One world champion Sir Jack Brabham.

Early life[edit]

Brabham, who was born in Wimbledon, London, 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 football 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 to begin racing.

Motor racing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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[edit]

Brabham's break into Formula One in 1990 with the Brabham team met with little success. He had raised a considerable amount of sponsorship to join the team bearing his family name (though it had been sold on three times since) but financial constraints hindered the team all season. While David had been hired to drive ahead of the season he requested to skip the first two races in order to prepare himself, Gregor Foitek taking the seat instead. Ironically his brother Gary attempted to qualify for the first two rounds in the ill-fated Life before quitting; the brothers therefore both contested the 1990 season without actually entering any of the same meetings.

His first outing with the team was the 1990 San Marino Grand Prix where he failed to qualify. His first Formula One start came at the next race in Monaco where his father Jack had won in 1959, his first championship year. In 14 races he only managed to qualify the uncompetitive Judd-engined car six times, including the last race of the year at home in Australia. This, and David being unable to raise the reported $3m needed to keep his place in the team, 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 driving a Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R alongside Naoki Hattori and the late Anders Olofsson.

David Brabham driving for Simtek in 1994

Brabham returned to Formula One in 1994 with the under-funded Simtek team after his father brought shares in the team. The second seat was to be filled by paying drivers, with Roland Ratzenberger taking the first five races before Jean-Marc Gounon took over. The S941 chassis was overweight, used a fully manual gearbox as opposed to the semi-automatic types used by most teams and inferior wire-spring Cosworth HB customer engines. Despite this Brabham qualified for every round of the series. The team suffered the blow of the death of Roland Ratzenberger during 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, with Brabham's strong leadership often cited as a key factor. While the Simtek was uncompetitive he won considerable acclaim for his determination and for gradually improving the speed of the underfunded package, also handily out-performing his various team-mates.

Touring Cars[edit]

Brabham quit Formula One at the end of that year to begin touring car racing - while he wanted to help Simtek the salary offered by the BMW works team was too good to ignore. 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 1997 AMP Bathurst 1000 in its Super Touring era. Driving a BMW 320i at Bathurst with brother Geoff, the pair were flagged in 2nd but were elevated to the win soon after the finish when their BMW Motorsport Australia team mates Paul Morris and Craig Baird were disqualified, the team making an error at the last pit stop by not doing a driver change and leaving Baird in the car for the run home, not realising that he would exceed his allowed driving time before the race ended.

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.

GT racing[edit]

Brabham joined Sumo Power GT for the 2011 FIA GT1 World Championship, teaming with Jamie Campbell-Walter in a Nissan GT-R. The duo finished 10th in the driver's championship. He will join the Blancpain Endurance Series in 2012, driving a McLaren MP4-12C for United Autosports.

Le Mans racing[edit]

Since 1999 he has been a regular in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), having raced for teams such as Panoz and Prodrive Ferrari 550 Maranello. 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 23 ALMS events across all four classes in the series. He is a two-time champion in the series, winning the LMP1 title in 2009 and LMP title in 2010.

In 2003 Brabham finished second at the 2003 24 Hours of Le Mans driving for Bentley. In 2005 he started the first of four consecutive Le Mans starts racing Aston Martin DBR9's. He finished ninth overall and third in the GT1 Class for Aston Martin Racing. At the 2006 24 Hours of Le Mans, Brabham scored a fourth in the GT1 category (ninth 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 driving a Peugeot 908 HDi FAP. He joined brother Geoff as a Le Mans winner with his older brother having also won for Peugeot in 1993. It also saw him join his father and older brother as an outright winner at Le Mans with father Jack having won the only French Grand Prix held at the Bugatti Circuit in 1967.

David Brabham became only the fourth Australian driver to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans following Bernard Rubin in 1928, Vern Schuppan in 1983, and older brother Geoff in 1993.

Brabham won the 2009 and 2010 American Le Mans Series LMP championship, driving for Highcroft Racing. For 2012, he will compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship in a JRM Racing Honda Performance Development ARX-03a.

Family[edit]

Brabham's two older brothers Geoff and Gary also pursued motor racing careers. His wife Lisa (sister of Mike Thackwell) also raced. His son Sam Brabham and nephew Matthew Brabham now race in junior formulae.

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

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
1999 Shell Championship Series 54th Holden VT Commodore Wayne Gardner Racing
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
2001 European Le Mans Series 11th Panoz LMP07 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
American Le Mans Series (LMP900 Class) 21st Bentley EXP Speed 8 Team Bentley
2003 V8 Supercar Championship Series 46th Ford BA Falcon Dick Johnson Racing
2004 American Le Mans Series (GTS Class) 7th Saleen S7-R Ford
Lamborghini Murciélago R-GT
ACEMCO Motorsports
Krohn-Barbour Racing
2004 Le Mans Endurance Series (LMP1 Class) 28th Zytek 04S Zytek Engineering
2005 American Le Mans Series (GT1 Class) 11th Aston Martin DBR9 Aston Martin Racing
2005 V8 Supercar Championship Series 36th Ford BA Falcon Ford Performance Racing
2006 American Le Mans Series (GT2 Class) 5th Panoz Esperante GT-LM Multimatic Motorsports
2006 FIA GT Championship 31st Aston Martin DBR9 Cirtek Motorsport
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
2009 Le Mans Series 21st Peugeot 908 HDi FAP Team Peugeot Total
2010 American Le Mans Series (LMP Class) 1st HPD ARX-01C Highcroft Racing
2011 FIA GT1 World Championship 10th Nissan GT-R Sumo Power GT
2011 International V8 Supercars Championship 54th Ford FG Falcon Stone Brothers Racing
2012 FIA World Endurance Championship 10th HPD ARX-03a JRM

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(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

Complete International Formula 3000 results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 DC Points
1991 Roni Motorsport VAL
7
PAU
7
JER
11
MUG
9
PER
HOC
BRH
SPA
BUG
NOG
NC 0

12 Hours of Sebring results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1992 United Kingdom Bud Light/Jaguar Racing United States Davy Jones Jaguar XJR-12D GTP 338 4th 4th
1998 United States Panoz Motorsports United Kingdom Andy Wallace Panoz GTR-1 GT1 318 2nd 1st
1999 United States Panoz Motor Sports France Éric Bernard Panoz GTR-1 LMP 103 DNF DNF
2000 United States Panoz Motor Sports Denmark Jan Magnussen
France Pierre-Henri Raphanel
Panoz LMP-1 Roadster-S LMP 249 DNF DNF
2001 United States Panoz Motor Sports Denmark Jan Magnussen Panoz LMP07 LMP900 109 DNF DNF
2002 United States Panoz Motor Sports Denmark Jan Magnussen
Belgium Eric van de Poele
Panoz LMP01 Evo LMP900 56 DNF DNF
2003 United Kingdom Team Bentley United Kingdom Johnny Herbert
United Kingdom Mark Blundell
Bentley Speed 8 LMGTP 363 3rd 1st
2004 United States ACEMCO Motorsports United States Terry Borcheller
United Kingdom Johnny Mowlem
Saleen S7-R GTS 257 25th 3rd
2005 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing United Kingdom Darren Turner
France Stéphane Ortelli
Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 338 4th 1st
2006 Canada Multimatic Motorsports Team Panoz Canada Scott Maxwell
France Sébastien Bourdais
Panoz Esperante GT-LM GT2 320 9th 1st
2007 United States Highcroft Racing Sweden Stefan Johansson
United States Duncan Dayton
Acura ARX-01a LMP2 346 6th 4th
2008 United States Patrón Highcroft Racing United States Scott Sharp
Sweden Stefan Johansson
Acura ARX-01B LMP2 349 5th 4th
2009 United States Patrón Highcroft Racing United States Scott Sharp
United Kingdom Marino Franchitti
Acura ARX-02a LMP1 302 DNF DNF
2010 United States Patrón Highcroft Racing France Simon Pagenaud
United Kingdom Marino Franchitti
HPD ARX-01C LMP2 349 5th 2nd
2011 United States Highcroft Racing France Simon Pagenaud
United Kingdom Marino Franchitti
HPD ARX-01e LMP1 332 2nd 2nd
2012 United Kingdom JRM United Kingdom Peter Dumbreck
India Karun Chandhok
HPD ARX-03a LMP1 309 17th 6th
2013 United States Extreme Speed Motorsports United States Scott Sharp
United States Guy Cosmo
HPD ARX-03b LMP2 281 37th 5th
2014 United States Extreme Speed Motorsports United States Scott Sharp
United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel
HPD ARX-03b P 291 2nd 2nd

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1992 Japan Toyota Team Tom's United Kingdom Geoff Lees
Japan Ukyo Katayama
Toyota TS010 C1 192 DNF DNF
1993 United Kingdom TWR Jaguar Racing Denmark John Nielsen
United Kingdom David Coulthard
Jaguar XJ220 GT 306 DSQ DSQ
1996 United Kingdom Gulf Racing
United Kingdom GTC Racing
France Pierre-Henri Raphanel
United Kingdom Lindsay Owen-Jones
McLaren F1 GTR GT1 335 5th 4th
1997 United Kingdom David Price Racing United Kingdom Perry McCarthy
United States Doc Bundy
Panoz Esperante GTR-1 GT1 145 DNF DNF
1998 United States Panoz Motorsports United Kingdom Andy Wallace
United Kingdom Jamie Davies
Panoz Esperante GTR-1 GT1 335 7th 7th
1999 United States Panoz Motorsports France Éric Bernard
United States Butch Leitzinger
Panoz LMP-1 Roadster-S-Ford LMP 336 7th 6th
2000 United States Panoz Motorsports Denmark Jan Magnussen
United States Mario Andretti
Panoz LMP-1 Roadster-S-Élan LMP900 315 15th 8th
2001 United States Panoz Motorsports Denmark Jan Magnussen
France Franck Lagorce
Panoz LMP07-Élan LMP900 85 DNF DNF
2002 United States Panoz Motor Sports Denmark Jan Magnussen
United States Bryan Herta
Panoz LMP01 Evo-Élan LMP900 90 DNF DNF
2003 United Kingdom Team Bentley United Kingdom Mark Blundell
United Kingdom Johnny Herbert
Bentley Speed 8 LMGTP 375 2nd 2nd
2004 United Kingdom Zytek Engineering, Ltd. United Kingdom Andy Wallace
Japan Hayanari Shimoda
Zytek 04S LMP1 167 DNF DNF
2005 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing France Stéphane Sarrazin
United Kingdom Darren Turner
Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 333 9th 3rd
2006 Russia Russian Age Racing
United Kingdom Team Modena
Spain Antonio García
Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr.
Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 343 9th 4th
2007 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing United Kingdom Darren Turner
Sweden Rickard Rydell
Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 343 5th 1st
2008 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Spain Antonio García
United Kingdom Darren Turner
Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 344 13th 1st
2009 France Peugeot Sport Total Spain Marc Gené
Austria Alexander Wurz
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1 382 1st 1st
2010 United States Highcroft Racing United Kingdom Marino Franchitti
Germany Marco Werner
HPD ARX-01C LMP2 296 25th 9th
2012 United Kingdom JRM United Kingdom Peter Dumbreck
India Karun Chandhok
HPD ARX-03a LMP1 357 6th 6th

Complete British Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Pos Pts
1995 BMW Motorsport Team BMW 318i DON
1

12
DON
2

12
BRH
1

4
BRH
2

6
THR
1

5
THR
2

Ret
SIL
1

8
SIL
2

11
OUL
1

10
OUL
2

8
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

10
DON
1

11
DON
2

11
SIL
7
KNO
1

DNS
KNO
2

4
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

Ret
SNE
1

16
SNE
2

17
OUL
1

11
OUL
2

Ret
SIL
1

9
SIL
2

Ret
13th 48

Complete GT1 World Championship results[edit]

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pos Points
2011 Sumo Power GT Nissan ABU
QR

8
ABU
CR

9
ZOL
QR

11
ZOL
CR

Ret
ALG
QR

3
ALG
CR

3
SAC
QR

8
SAC
CR

5
SIL
QR

Ret
SIL
CR

Ret
NAV
QR

4
NAV
CR

3
PRI
QR

9
PRI
CR

4
ORD
QR

3
ORD
CR

7
BEI
QR

11
BEI
CR

8
SAN
QR

7
SAN
CR

Ret
10th 75

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
2012 JRM LMP1 HPD ARX-03 Honda LM-V8 3.4 L V8) M SEB
12
SPA
9
LMN
5
SIL
7
SAO
9
BHR
Ret
FUJ
5
SHA
5
10th 50.5

References[edit]

  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[edit]

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 (GT500)
1996 with:
John Nielsen
Succeeded by
Pedro de la Rosa
Michael Krumm
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
Timo Bernhard
Romain Dumas
Mike Rockenfeller
Preceded by
Lucas Luhr
Marco Werner
American Le Mans Series champion
2009
with Scott Sharp
Succeeded by
David Brabham
Simon Pagenaud
Preceded by
David Brabham
Scott Sharp
American Le Mans Series champion
2010
with Simon Pagenaud
Succeeded by
Guy Smith
Chris Dyson