Niemann.png Full Name Ambraüsus ‘Brausch’ Niemann
Nationality South African
Born 7 January 1939, Durban (RSA)
First Grand Prix 1963 South African Grand Prix Last Grand Prix 1965 South African Grand Prix
Grands Prix 1 Non-starts 1 (1 DNQ)
Wins 0 Podiums 0
Best Finish 14th, 1963 South African GP Points 0
Fastest Laps 0 Best Qualifying 15th, 1963 South African GP
Retirements 0 Laps Led  0

Career Highlights

1963 Formula 1, Ted Lanfear Lotus Ford 4cyl 21, 1 race, 0 points Not Classified
1965 Formula 1, Ted Lanfear Lotus Ford 4cyl 27, 1 entry, 1 DNQ


Brausch Niemann


The South African earned plenty of nicknames for his habit of patching his car together with masking tape, with the ‘masked marvel’ driving the ‘coffin on cotton reels’ being two phrases that appeared to stick!

Niemann shot to fame for the incredible results he achieved on the domestic scene in a wide-wheeled Lotus 7, and it was this that helped him into two World Championship Grands Prix.

He appeared at his home races in 1963 and 1965 driving a Lotus 22 backed by Ted Lanfear. He made the grid for the former, finishing a distant fourteenth, but failed to make the qualifying cut at the latter.

Niemann would later switch to endurance motorcycle racing, winning the national title in 1979. After running a Kawasaki dealership in South Africa, Niemann emigrated to Wales a founded a specialist exhaust manufacturing company.

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