Gary Brabham

Brabham, G
Nationality Australian
Date of Birth 29 March, 1961
Teams Life (1990)
Races Entered 2
DNQ/DNPQ 2
Best Result 7th in pre-qualifying
Phoenix, 1990

Son of Jack and brother to David and Geoff, Gary has motor racing in his blood. After a tortured 80s in feeder categories, his solitary F1 berth came with arguably the worst GP team effort in history. His career never fully recovered.

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Career Summary
Before F1
1982 • Made his debut in Australian Formula Ford.
1983 • British Formula Ford 2000, 11th overall in a Neil Trundle Racing Reynard SF83.
• British Thundersports Series, one race in a March 83S Ford.
1984 • British Formula Ford 2000, 6th overall in a Penistone Racing Reynard SF84.
• British Formula Ford 2000 BBC Grandstand Series, 4th overall.
• British Thundersports Series, 1 win in a Tiga TS84 Ford with Lawler.
• British Rally Cross Grand Prix in a Porsche 911.
1985 • British Thundersports Series in a TechSpeed Racing Shrike P15 Ford with Galica.
• British truck racing, one race in a Leyland Roadtrain.
1986 • British F3, 5th overall in a Jack Brabham Racing Ralt RT30 VW.
• Cellnet Motor Racing Award for the best up-and-coming British/Commonwealth driver.
1987 • British F3, 6th overall, 2 wins in a Jack Brabham Racing Ralt RT31 VW.
• British Rallysprint, one race in a Toyota Supra.
• Bathurst 1000 in a works BMW M3 with Fangio II.
• Australian Formula Atlantic, one race.
1988 • British F3, 2nd overall, 4 wins in a Bowman Racing Ralt RT32 VW.
• Scottish Superprix, 1st place.
• Oulton Park Gold Cup, 1st place.
• Macau F3 GP, 5th place.
• Bruce McLaren motor racing award.
• Tested F3 radial tyre for Avon.
• One-off F1 test in a Benetton B188.
1989 • British F3000, 1st overall, 4 wins in a Bromley Reynard 88D Cosworth.
• Oulton Park Gold Cup, 2nd place.
• International F3000, =17th overall, 2 points in a Bromley Reynard 89D Cosworth and Leyton House March 89B Judd.
• Le Mans 24hrs, Team Schuppan Porsche 962C with Schuppan and Elgh.
• Macau F3 GP, 5th place.
• Tested Avon F3000 tyre, Footwork F3000 car, Porsche Indycar and Group A Ford Sierra.
• Tested Brabham and Leyton House F1 cars.
Formula One
1990 • Life L190 W12, 2 entries, 2 DNPQs.
After F1
1990 • International F3000, 11th overall, 8 points in a Middlebridge Lola T89/50 Mugen.
• Eastern Creek 500, 4th place in a Frank Gardner Ford Sierra RS500 with David Brabham.
• Tested for Mazda Le Mans team and the Nissan IMSA team.
1991 • IMSA, 2 races, 1 win in Sebring 12hrs in a works Nissan NPT-90 with Daly and Geoff Brabham.
• German Interserie Championship, 1 race in a Stürtz SM BMW Turbo.
• Bathurst 1000 in an Allan Moffat Ford Sierra RS500 with Millen.
1992 • Daytona 24hrs, retired in works Nissan with Daly and Millen.
• Sebring 12hrs, 2nd in works Nissan NPT-91A with Daly, Geoff Brabham and Luyendyk.
• Bathurst 1000 in an Allan Moffat Ford Sierra RS500 with O'Brien.
• Tested for Nissan Le Mans team, Indycar for Dick Simon, and an F3000 car.
1993 • CART, 1 race in a Dick Simon Lola T92/00 Chevrolet.
1994 • CART, 1 race in a Bettenhausen Penske PC22 Ilmor.
• Historic racing at the Watkins Glen Brabham reunion.
1995 • Retired from international motor racing to run advanced driver training courses.
2000 • Race of Legends support race at the Adelaide 500, 3rd place (1st in class) in a Brabham BT23 Repco.

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