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Julian Bailey

Full Name:
Julian Terence Bailey
9th October 1961 (Age 59)
Woolwich, London
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Julian Bailey’s graduation through the junior ranks was anything but swift, but two days at Brands Hatch helped to forge a route to Formula 1. Victory in the 1982 Formula Ford Festival and the 1987 Formula 3000 race were both against the odds but crucial nonetheless. That latter success came in only his third such race and was the first for a Briton in F3000.

Triumph and struggle in the junior categories

His second season in Formula Ford 1600, in 1980, was interrupted by multiple fractures to arm and leg sustained at Snetterton. Without a regular drive for a couple of years, Bailey emerged in 1982 when driving a Racing for Britain-supported Lola T640 to victory in the Townsend Thoresen British FF1600 series. More importantly he ended the year by beating rivals Maurício Gugelmin and Rick Morris in a dramatic Formula Ford Festival final.

He struggled to fund a move to Formula 3 but secured his "big break" in 1987 with sponsorship from Cavendish Finance. Bailey jumped into F3000 with a GA Motorsport Lola T87/50-Cosworth mid-season. Fourth at Enna-Pergusa in his second race, he won at Brands Hatch next time out with the assurance of a veteran.

Formula 1 with Tyrrell and Lotus

At last, Bailey’s career had momentum and he joined Tyrrell for the 1988 F1 World Championship. It was a tough baptism for the Tyrrell 017-Ford was a difficult car and Bailey failed to qualify on 10 occasions and finished no higher than ninth.

A move to Nissan’s sports car team yielded third-place finishes at Donington Park and Spa-Francorchamps in 1989. Second in Montréal and México City a year later, he also led the opening laps of the 1990 Le Mans 24 hours before his engine expired.

He had not given up on F1 and returned in 1991 with Lotus. He qualified for the first time at Imola and finished sixth to score a first championship point. However, he was replaced by Johnny Herbert after another DNQ in Monaco.

Life after Formula 1

That was the end of Bailey’s Grand Prix career, having started seven of the 20 races entered. Instead, he drove for Toyota in the thriving British Touring Car Championship from 1992 to 1995. Fifth in his second season, he joined the Lister GT team in 1997 for what was perhaps the most successful period of Bailey’s career. He won the British Championship in 1999 and the FIA title a year later, both shared with Jamie Campbell-Walter.

Having quit professional racing in 2001, Bailey now owns a pub and works as a property developer.