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

Brian Redman
Brian Redman 1969 kl.JPG
Born (1937-03-09) 9 March 1937 (age 82)
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited Kingdom British
Active years1968, 19701974
TeamsCooper, Williams, Surtees, McLaren, BRM, Shadow
Entries15 (12 starts)
Career points8
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1968 South African Grand Prix
Last entry1974 Monaco Grand Prix

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.

He is currently a regular at the Monterey Historic Automobile Races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.


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, finishing third in a Cooper-BRM behind Graham Hill in a Lotus-Ford and Denny Hulme in a McLaren-Ford. 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 in his career, 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 gruelling 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 driving at the 1972 French Grand Prix.

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.


Complete Formula One World Championship resultsEdit

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
1967   J.W. Automotive   Mike Salmon Ford GT40 Mk I S 5.0 220 DNF DNF
1969   Hart Ski Racing   Jo Siffert Porsche 908/2L P 3.0 60 DNF DNF
1970   John Wyer Automotive Engineering Ltd.   Jo Siffert Porsche 917K S 5.0 156 DNF DNF
1973   SpA Ferrari SEFAC   Jacky Ickx Ferrari 312PB S 3.0 332 DNF DNF
1976   BMW Motorsport GmbH   Peter Gregg BMW 3.0CSL Turbo Gr 5 23 DNF DNF
1978   Dick Barbour Racing   John Paul Sr.
  Dick Barbour
Porsche 935/77A IMSA +2.5 337 5th 1st
1979   Essex Motorsport Porsche   Jacky Ickx
  Jürgen Barth
Porsche 936 S +2.0 200 DNF DNF
1980   Dick Barbour   John Fitzpatrick
  Dick Barbour
Porsche 935 K3/80 IMSA 318 5th 1st
1982   Cooke Racing - Malardeau   Ralph Kent-Cooke
  Jim Adams
Lola T610 C 28 DNF DNF
1984   Jaguar Group 44   Doc Bundy
  Bob Tullius
1985   Jaguar Group 44   Hurley Haywood
  Jim Adams
Jaguar XJR-5 GTP 151 DNF DNF
1986   Silk Cut Jaguar   Hans Heyer
  Hurley Haywood
Jaguar XJR-6 C1 53 DNF DNF
1988   Takefuji Schuppan Racing Team   Eje Elgh
  Jean-Pierre Jarier
Porsche 962C C1 359 10th 10th
1989   Aston Martin
  Ecurie Ecosse
  Costas Los
  Michael Roe
Aston Martin AMR1 C1 340 11th 9th


  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?". Retrieved 29 July 2007.
  3. ^ Brian Redman at the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America

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