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Gary Brabham

29th March 1961 (Age 59)
Wimbledon, London (GB)
Most recent race (in database):

The second son of triple world champion Sir Jack, Gary Brabham graduated through the British feeder formulae during the late 1980s and made one hopeless attempt to race in Formula 1. However, it is his recent prison sentence for which he is now notorious.

Early racing career

Having started in Australian Formula Ford in 1982, Sir Jack’s second son moved to England and raced in the 1984 British Formula Ford 2000 Championship in which he finished sixth. He progressed to British Formula 3 in 1986 and remained in that series for three seasons. Brabham was a winner in his second year and his NEC-sponsored Bowman Racing Ralt RT32-Volkswagen dominated the final months of 1988 to finish as runner-up to J.J.Lehto.

The new British Formula 3000 Championship was next in 1989 but the series was not well supported – only nine cars starting the season. However, he emerged as a worthy champion with Bromley Motorsport’s Reynard 88D-Cosworth. He also made selected starts in the FIA F3000 series and raced in the Le Mans 24 Hours for the only time that year – finishing 13th in a Team Schuppan Porsche 962. Brabham ended the year in a works Leyton March 89B-Judd in the FIA series and finished fifth at Brands Hatch in that uncompetitive car.

Formula 1 and further racing career

However, that was nothing compared to his next challenge. Driving the W12-powered Life F1 car in 1990 proved a hopeless task. Brabham walked out after attempts to qualify for the United States and Brazilian GPs.

Instead, he returned to F3000 with a Middlebridge Racing Lola T90/50-Cosworth – finishing third at Monza and Enna-Pergusa to be classified 11th in the championship. It was his last sustained single-seater campaign although he later started a couple of Champ Car races. He was more successful when supporting older brother Geoff and Derek Daly in the winning Electromotive Nissan NPT90 at the 1991 Sebring 12 Hours.

Return to Australia and subsequent arrest

Brabham moved back to Brisbane where he ran a racing and advanced driving school. However, in 2016 Brisbane's District Court found Brabham guilty of one charge of rape and one of indecent treatment of a child, cases that dated back to the mid 2000s.