The youngest of Sir Jack Brabham’s sons, David followed in his father’s footsteps into a Formula 1 career, although sadly he could never replicate the success of his forbear.

David Brabham 1994 David began racing in karts in 1983 and quickly moved to touring car racing in 1985, followed by Formula Ford in 1986 and Formula Atlantic in 1987.

Backing from Camel cigarettes allowed him to move to Europe and in 1989 he joined the Bowman team and won the British F3 title.

His F1 debut came in 1990 at, of all places Brabham, replacing Gregor Foitek. Sadly, he could only haul the uncompetitive Judd-powered car onto the grid just six times in fourteen attempts and no further drive was forthcoming for 1991.

He raced in sports cars thereon, winning the Spa 24 Hours in 1991 and the Dayton 24 Hours in 1992.

By 1994, he returned to F1 with the ill-fated Simtek outfit, and he was instrumental in keeping the team going after the tragic death of his team-mate, Roland Ratzenberger, who crashed fatally during qualifying for the San Marino Grand Prix.

Electing not to continue in F1 beyond the end of the year, he returned to touring car racing and now ploughs a very successful career in the American Le Mans Series, having finally achieved a lifelong dream of winning the Le Mans 24 Hours last year for Peugeot.

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.