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Braüsch Niemann was a regular in South Africa’s national scene during the early 1960s, especially driving his Lotus Seven. He even entered the car (minus mud guards) in two Formula 1 races at the end on 1962. He qualified for both the Rand and Natal Grands Prix which was no mean feat in such an unsuitable car.
Grand Prix debut
He drove Ted Lanfear’s Formula Junior Lotus 22 in 1963 and they fitted a pushrod Ford engine for the end of season visit of the world championship stars. He qualified in a respectable eighth position for the Rand GP at Kyalami before retiring. His championship debut followed a fortnight later but Niemann was in trouble from the second lap of the South African GP when delayed by a succession of mechanical woes. He was still circulating at the end, 19 laps behind and classified 14th.
A year later, he finished an unlapped fifth in the Rand GP but failed to qualify for the South African GP (the first round of the 1965 World Championship). He drove in national sports cars and touring cars events before switching to two-wheels – winning the South African motorcycle endurance title in 1979.
Niemann was a Kawasaki dealer in South Africa but later moved to Southwest Wales where he ran Gazelle Engineering – a manufacturing company specialising in motorcycle exhausts.