Geoff Brabham

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Geoff Brabham
GeoffBrabham1990.jpg
Geoff Brabham in 1990
Nationality Australia Australian
Born (1952-03-20) March 20, 1952 (age 62)
Sydney, Australia
Retired 2001
Related to Jack Brabham (father)
Matthew Brabham (son)
Gary Brabham (brother)
David Brabham (brother)
Australian Super Touring Championship
Years active 1995-1997
Teams BMW Motorsport Australia
Starts 48
Wins 9
Best finish 2nd in 1995 & 1997 Australian Super Touring Championship
Previous series
1974
1975
1978
1979
1981-87, 1990, 1992 & 1994
1979-81
1987-92
1989-94
1993-2001
Australian Formula Ford
Australian Formula 2
British Formula One Series
Formula Super Vee
Indycar

Can-Am
IMSA GT Championship
IROC
V8 Supercar
Championship titles
1975

1979
1981
1988
1989
1990
1991
Australian Formula 2 Championship
SCCA Super Vee Championship
Can-Am
IMSA GTP Championship
IMSA GTP Championship
IMSA GTP Championship
IMSA GTP Championship
Awards
2004 Motorsports Hall of Fame of America

Geoff Brabham (born 20 March 1952) is an Australian racing driver. Brabham spent the majority of his racing career in the United States.

He raced successfully in CART early in his career, finishing 8th in 1982, 1984 and 1987 with nine podiums. In ten appearances in the Indianapolis 500, he had a best result of fourth in 1983 and fifth in 1981.

His greatest source of success was in various forms of sports cars, winning four IMSA GTP titles (1988 - 1991) when racing for Nissan, and one Can-Am championship (1981).

Geoff Brabham also won the 1993 24 Hours of Le Mans driving one of the factory Peugeot 905 alongside French drivers Eric Hélary and Christophe Bouchut. His younger brother David Brabham had won the GT class in the race driving a Jaguar XJ220 for Tom Walkinshaw Racing, but the team was later disqualified for technical infringements. Geoff Brabham became just the third Australian driver to win Le Mans after Bernard Rubin (1928) and Vern Schuppan in 1983.

Brabham took two race victories in the International Race of Champions stock car series (1992 and 1993), both at Michigan. He made his only NASCAR Winston Cup Series start at the first ever Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis in 1994, driving for Michael Kranefuss. Brabham crashed in the second half of the race.

Later in his career, Brabham returned to Australia, where he was runner-up in the 1995 and 1997 Australian Super Touring Championship, and won the 1997 Bathurst 1000 Super Touring race.

Brabham's 1990 IMSA GTP car

Brabham dabbled in V8 Supercar drives in his native Australia throughout his career. He is still one of the few drivers to win his first race, Sandown 500 in 1993. He started eleven races for one victory.

Brabham now works for BMW Group Australia as a driver trainer at many different events around the country teaching others to drive safer and smarter, including teaching drivers to race for BMW supported celebrity races at the Australian Grand Prix. His son Matthew Brabham is also following in the family interest and is a very successful Kart racer.

He is the son of three-time Formula One World Champion Jack Brabham. He has two younger brothers; Gary and David. Geoff teamed with David to win the 1997 Bathurst 1000 in a BMW, becoming the only brothers to have combined to win the race. Although the most successful of the second generation of racing Brabhams, unlike his siblings he did not compete in World Championship Formula One.

Awards[edit]

He was inducted in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2004.

Racing career[edit]

Season Series Position Car Team
1974 Australian Formula Ford Series 3rd Bowin P6F Ford
1975 Australian Formula 2 Championship 1st Birrana 274 Ford Grace Bros - Levi's Racing Team
1976 Shellsport F3 Series 11th Ralt RT1 Toyota
1976 BP Super Visco F3 Series 8th Ralt RT1 Toyota
1977 Vandervell F3 Series 6th Ralt RT1 Toyota
1977 BP F3 Series 4th Ralt RT1 Toyota
1978 British Formula One Series 24th Boxer PR2 Hart Boxer Cars
1979 Formula Super Vee Championship 1st Ralt RT1 Volkswagen
1979 Canadian-American Challenge Cup 15th Hogan HR-001 Chevrolet Hogan Racing
1980 Canadian-American Challenge Cup 3rd Lola T530 Chevrolet Racing Team VDS
1981 Canadian-American Challenge Cup 1st Lola T530 Chevrolet
VDS 001 Chevrolet
Racing Team VDS
1982 PPG Indy Car World Series 8th March 81C Cosworth Bignotti-Cotter Racing
1982 Canadian-American Challenge Cup 14th Frissbee GR2 Chevrolet Rick Galles Racing
1983 PPG Indy Car World Series 21st Penske PC-10/82 Cosworth
March 83C Cosworth
Racing Team VDS
Kraco Racing
1984 PPG Indy Car World Series 8th March 84C Cosworth Kraco Racing
1985 PPG Indy Car World Series 15th March 85C Cosworth Kraco Racing
1986 PPG Indy Car World Series 12th Lola T8600 Cosworth Galles Racing
1987 PPG Indy Car World Series 8th March 87C Honda Galles Racing
1988 IMSA GTP Championship 1st Nissan GTP ZX-T Nissan Motorsport
1989 IMSA GTP Championship 1st Nissan GTP ZX-T Nissan Performance Technology
1989 International Race of Champions 10th Chevrolet Camaro
1990 IMSA GTP Championship 1st Nissan GTP ZX-T
Nissan NPT90
Nissan Performance Technology
1990 International Race of Champions 11th Dodge Daytona
1991 IMSA GTP Championship 1st Nissan R90C
Nissan NPT90
Nissan NPT91
Nissan Performance Technology
1991 International Race of Champions 7th Dodge Daytona
1992 International Race of Champions 6th Dodge Daytona
1993 International Race of Champions 6th Dodge Daytona
1994 International Race of Champions 11th Dodge Avenger
1995 Australian Super Touring Championship 2nd BMW 318i Paul Morris Motorsport
1996 Australian Super Touring Championship 4th BMW 318i Paul Morris Motorsport
1997 Australian Super Touring Championship 2nd BMW 320i Paul Morris Motorsport
1999 Shell Championship Series 31st Ford AU Falcon Glenn Seton Racing
2001 Shell Championship Series 36th Ford AU Falcon Steven Ellery Racing

American Open-Wheel racing results[edit]

CART[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
1981 Kraco Racing Penske PC-7 Ford Cosworth DFX PHX1
9
MIL1 ATL1 ATL2 MIS 27th 14
All American Racers Eagle 81 Chevrolet V8 RIV
Ret
MIL2
MIS2
WGL
MEX
9
PHX2
1982 Pentax Super March 81C Ford Cosworth DFX PHX1
Ret
ATL
Ret
            8th 110
March 82C MIL1
7
CLE
6
MIS1
7
MIL2
10
POC
4
RIV
Ret
ROA
Ret
MIS2
3
PHX2
Ret
           
1983 Team VDS Penske PC-10 Ford Cosworth DFX ATL INDY
4
MIL CLE 21st 13
Wysard Racing March 83C MIS1
Ret
ROA POC
Kraco Racing March 83C RIV
Ret
MDO MIS2
12
LVG
Ret
LS
Ret
PHX
1984 Kraco Racing March 84C Ford Cosworth DFX LBH
2
PHX1
Ret
INDY
Ret
MIL
17
POR
2
MEA
3
CLE
8
MIS1
9
ROA
5
POC
14
MDO
Ret
SAN
Ret
MIS2
11
PHX2
Ret
LS
5
LVG
5
8th 87
1985 Galles Racing March 85C Ford Cosworth DFX LBH
6
INDY
Ret
MIL
12
POR
Ret
MEA
Ret
CLE
2
MIS1
Ret
ROA
15
POC
Ret
MDO
13
SAN
4
MIS2
16
LS
Ret
PHX
12
MIA
Ret
15th 41
1986 Galles Racing Lola T86/00 Ford Cosworth DFX PHX1
10
LBH
3
INDY
12
MIL
Ret
SAN
11
MIS2
11
LS
6
PHX2
Ret
MIA
Ret
12th 64
Brabham-Honda POR
7
MEA
Ret
CLE
Ret
TOR
14
MIS1
Ret
POC
12
MDO
Ret
ROA
Ret
1987 Galles Racing March 87C Brabham-Honda LBH
Ret
PHX
8
INDY
Ret
MIL
12
POR
Ret
MEA
4
CLE
Ret
TOR
DNS
MIS
8
POC
2
ROA
2
MDO
7
NAZ
12
LS
5
MIA
3
8th 90
1989 Team Penske Penske PC-18 Chevrolet 265A PHX LBH INDY
Wth
MIL DET POR
Ret
CLE MEA TOR MIS POC MDO ROA NAZ LS 39th 0
1990 Truesports Lola T89/00 Judd AV PHX LBH INDY
19
MIL DET POR CLE MEA TOR MIS DEN VAN MDO ROA NAZ LS 41st 0
1991 Truesports Truesports 91C Judd AV SRF LBH PHX INDY
Ret
MIL DET POR CLE MEA TOR MIS DEN VAN MDO ROA NAZ LS 44th 0
1993 Team Menard Lola T93/00 Menard V6 (t/c) SRF PHX LBH INDY
Ret
MIL DET POR CLE TOR MIS NHA ROA VAN MDO NAZ LS 50th 0
1994 Team Menard Lola T93/00 Menard V6 (t/c) SRF PHX LBH INDY
DNQ
MIL DET POR CLE TOR MIS MDO NHA VAN ROA NAZ LS NC -

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
1981 Penske PC-9 Ford Cosworth DFX 15 5 Kraco Racing
1982 March 82C Ford Cosworth DFX 20 28 Bignotti-Cotter
1983 Penske PC-10 Ford Cosworth DFX 26 4 Team VDS
1984 March 84C Ford Cosworth DFX 8 33 Kraco Racing
1985 March 85C Ford Cosworth DFX 9 19 Galles Racing
1986 Lola T86/00 Ford Cosworth DFX 20 12 Galles Racing
1987 March 87C Brabham-Honda 14 24 Galles Racing
1989 Penske PC-18 Chevrolet 265A Withdrew Team Penske
1990 Lola T89/00 Judd AV 19 19 Truesports
1991 Truesports 91C Judd AV 22 20 Truesports
1993 Lola T93/00 Menard V6 (t/c) 29 26 Team Menard
1994 Lola T93/00 Menard V6 (t/c) DNQ Team Menard

Touring/Sports Cars[edit]

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Class No Tyres Car Team Co-Drivers Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1989 C1 25 D Nissan R89C
Nissan VRH35Z 3.5L Turbo V8
Japan Nissan Motorsport United States Chip Robinson
Netherlands Arie Luyendyk
250 DNF DNF
1990 C1 83 G Nissan R90CK
Nissan VRH35Z 3.5L Turbo V8
United States Nissan Performance Technology Inc. United States Chip Robinson
Republic of Ireland Derek Daly
251 DNF DNF
1993 C1 3 M Peugeot 905 Evo 1B
Peugeot SA35 3.5L V10
France Peugeot Talbot Sport France Eric Hélary
France Christophe Bouchut
375 1st 1st

V8 Supercar results[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Final Pos Points
1999 Ford Tickford Racing ECK ADL PTH PHI HDV SAN CDR SYM WIN OPR QLD
8
BAT
10
31st 360
2000 Larkham Motor Sport
Rod Nash Racing
PHI PTH ADL ECK HDV CAN QLD WIN OPK CDR QLD
Ret
SAN BAT
Ret
NC 0
2001 Steven Ellery Racing PHI ADL ECK HDV CAN PTH CDR OPK QLD
6
WIN BAT
7
PUK SAN 36th 565

References[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Patrick Tambay
Can-Am Champion
1981
Succeeded by
Al Unser, Jr.
Preceded by
Chip Robinson
IMSA GT champion
1987-1992
Succeeded by
Juan Manuel Fangio II
Preceded by
Derek Warwick
Yannick Dalmas
Mark Blundell
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1993 with:
Christophe Bouchut
Eric Hélary
Succeeded by
Yannick Dalmas
Hurley Haywood
Mauro Baldi
Preceded by
Craig Lowndes
Greg Murphy
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
1997
(with David Brabham)
Succeeded by
Rickard Rydell
Jim Richards