Website: David Brabham
Currently: JRM Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Career highlights: 1990-94 FIA F1 World Championship with Brabham and Simtek teams; 1987 Australian Formula Pacific Champion; 1989 British F3 Champion and Macau Grand Prix winner; 1996 Japanese GT Champion; 1998 IMSA GT Champion; winner of LM GT1 class at Le Mans 24 Hours in 2007-08. Outright winner of Le Mans with Peugeot Sport in 2009.
David Brabham is the youngest son of Sir Jack Brabham, the three-time FIA Formula One World Champion, and currently one of the world’s top sportscar drivers.
Although born in London, David spent his childhood in his father’s native Australia and initially showed little interest in motor sport until discovering kart racing aged 17. With his appetite now whet, David started racing in touring car and single-seater categories down under before coming to Europe and winning the British Formula 3 Championship in 1989 as well as the prized Macau Grand Prix.
Such success was rewarded with promotion to the F1, intriguingly with the Brabham original founded by his father but now languishing in private hands. In 14 races he only managed to qualify the uncompetitive Judd-engined car six times. David then embarked on what’s become a highly successful career in sportscars, joining the TWR Jaguar team in 1991. His biggest win with Jaguar came the following season when he won the 24 Hours of Daytona. After a brief return to F1 with the cash-strapped Simtek team following the death of Roland Ratzenburger in 1994, David joined BMW to contest the BTCC in 1995 with limited results but subsequent successes included winning the 1996 Japanese GT Championship in a McLaren F1 GTR and the Bathurst 1000 in 1997 with brother Geoff.
He then won the IMSA GT Championship in the United States with the Panoz racing team and since then has been a regular in the American Le Mans Series. More recently he has been a key member of the Aston Martin Racing squad that took back-to-back GT1 class honours at Le Mans. He enjoyed even greater success in 2009 winning Le Mans outright with Peugeot Sport and lifting the premier LMP1 title in the ALMS with Acura - a title he retained in 2010. This year David is back with HPD racing an ARX-03a for JRM Racing in the new FIA World Endurance Championship including Le Mans.
Keen to put something back into the sport, David recently opened his Brabham Performance Clinic to help young driver in the fields of mental and physical race preparation and he also leads the MSA widely-acclaimed Team UK programme which is focused on helping the next generation of British drivers to maximize their full potential.