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

Geoff Brabham
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Brabham at the 2014 Indianapolis 500
NationalityAustralia Australian
Born (1952-03-20) 20 March 1952 (age 67)
Sydney, Australia
Retired2001
Related toJack Brabham (father)
Matthew Brabham (son)
Gary Brabham (brother)
David Brabham (brother)
Sam Brabham (nephew)
Lisa Thackwell (sister in law)
Australian Super Touring Championship
Years active1995–1997
TeamsBMW Motorsport Australia
Starts48
Wins9
Best finish2nd 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 Championship
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
2004Motorsports Hall of Fame of America

Racing careerEdit

CARTEdit

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.

Sports car racingEdit

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).

Brabham also won the 1993 24 Hours of Le Mans driving one of the factory Peugeot 905 alongside French drivers Éric 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. David Brabham would also go on to win Le Mans in 2009, also driving for the factory Peugeot team.

Touring car racingEdit

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 driving a BMW 320i alongside brother David. The pair initially finished second behind BMW Motorsport Australia team mates Paul Morris and Craig Baird, but a blunder by the team left Baird in his car at the final pit stop which meant that by the end of the race, the Kiwi driver had breached the race regulation which limited any one driver to a maximum of three hours continuous driving. This caused their disqualification and handed the win to the Brabham brothers.

 
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.

Stock car racingEdit

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.

Personal lifeEdit

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.

Married to Roseina Brabham - a multi-time Jetski Champion - Brabham has retired from competition himself to focus on his son, Matthew Brabham's career who is also following in the family interest. After a successful karting career, moved into international open-wheel racing. Matthew set new records on his way to the USF2000 Championship and Pro Mazda IndyCar Ladder Series Championships. 22-year-old Matt made his Indianapolis 500 debut with an Australian owned team, PIRTEK Team Murray in 2016 finishing 22nd. He also competed in the Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis in 2016, finishing 16th

AwardsEdit

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

Racing careerEdit

 
Brabham in 1990
Season Series Position Car Team
1973 TAA Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series 7th Elfin 620 Ford Jack Brabham Ford
1974 TAA Formula Ford Driver to Europe 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 Championship 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 CART 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 CART PPG Indy Car World Series 21st Penske PC-10/82 Cosworth
March 83C Cosworth
Racing Team VDS
Kraco Racing
1984 CART PPG Indy Car World Series 8th March 84C Cosworth Kraco Racing
1985 CART PPG Indy Car World Series 15th March 85C Cosworth Kraco Racing
1986 CART PPG Indy Car World Series 12th Lola T8600 Cosworth Galles Racing
1987 CART 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 resultsEdit

Complete USAC Mini-Indy Series resultsEdit

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pos Points
1978 David Psachie  
PIR1
 
TRE1
 
MOS
12
 
MIL1
6
 
TEX
 
MIL2
 
OMS1
 
OMS2
 
TRE2
1
 
PIR2
13th 290
1979  
TEX1
19
 
IRP
3
 
MIL1
3
 
POC
4
 
TEX2
5
 
MIL2
2
 
MIN1
6
 
MIN2
6
3rd 824

CARTEdit

(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 Cosworth DFX V8t 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 Cosworth DFX V8t 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 Cosworth DFX V8t 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 Cosworth DFX V8t 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 Cosworth DFX V8t 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 Cosworth DFX V8t PHX1
10
LBH
3
INDY
12
MIL
Ret
SAN
11
MIS2
11
LS
6
PHX2
Ret
MIA
Ret
12th 64
Brabham-Honda V8t POR
7
MEA
Ret
CLE
Ret
TOR
14
MIS1
Ret
POC
12
MDO
Ret
ROA
Ret
1987 Galles Racing March 87C Brabham-Honda V8t 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 V8t 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 V8t PHX LBH INDY
19
MIL DET POR CLE MEA TOR MIS DEN VAN MDO ROA NAZ LS 41st 0
1991 King Racing Truesports 91C Judd AV V8t 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 V6t 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 V6t SRF PHX LBH INDY
DNQ
MIL DET POR CLE TOR MIS MDO NHA VAN ROA NAZ LS NC -

Indianapolis 500Edit

 
Brabham (#07) at the 1994 Brickyard 400.
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 CarsEdit

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1989   Nissan Motorsport   Chip Robinson
  Arie Luyendyk
Nissan R89C C1 250 DNF DNF
1990   Nissan Performance Technology Inc.   Chip Robinson
  Derek Daly
Nissan R90CK C1 251 DNF DNF
1993   Peugeot Talbot Sport   Éric Hélary
  Christophe Bouchut
Peugeot 905 Evo 1B C1 375 1st 1st

V8 Supercar resultsEdit

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

Complete Bathurst 1000 resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1974   WA Fisher (Holdings) Pty Ltd   Bernie Haehnle Mazda RX-3 2001 – 3000cc 151 8th 3rd
1975   B S Stillwell Ford & Co Pty Ltd   Mike Stillwell Ford Escort RS2000 B 141 12th 5th
1977   John Goss Racing Pty Limited   Jack Brabham Ford XC Falcon GS500 Hardtop 3001cc – 6000cc 141 18th 9th
1993   Peter Jackson Racing   David Parsons Ford EB Falcon A 154 6th 6th
1997   BMW Motorsport Australia   David Brabham BMW 320i A 161 1st 1st
1998   Longhurst Racing   Tony Longhurst Ford EL Falcon OC 157 8th 8th
1999   Ford Tickford Racing   Neal Bates Ford EL Falcon 160 10th 10th
2000   Rod Nash Racing   Cameron McConville Holden VT Commodore 105 DNF DNF
2001   Steven Ellery Racing   Steven Ellery Ford AU Falcon 161 7th 7th

Sandown 500 winEdit

Year Class Team Co-Drivers Chassis Tyres Laps Qual
Pos
Engine
1993 V8   Peter Jackson Racing   David Parsons Ford EB Falcon B 161 8
Ford 5.0 L V8

ReferencesEdit