Geoff Brabham

Full Name:
Geoffrey Brabham
Born:
20th March 1952 (Age 66)
Sydney, New South Wales
Nationality:
Australian
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Geoff Brabham enjoyed a long and successful career in North America and he dominated the IMSA GTP for Nissan as the 1980s turned to 1990s.

Early racing career

Under the gaze of an expectant Australian audience, Sir Jack Brabham’s oldest son raced in national Formula Ford before graduating to British Formula 3 in 1977. He won a couple of races in one weekend in June and finished fourth in the Vandervell Championship.

Competitive in Can-Am and Champ Cars

However, Brabham’s future was not to be in Europe and he moved to America and raced in Can-Am from 1980. He won the 1981 title for Team VDS and was immediately competitive on his Champ Car debut that year. His best results came in the non-championship Indianapolis and Pocono 500s when fifth and second respectively with Josele Garza’s Penske PC9-Cosworth.

That promise attracted Dan Gurney’s attention and Brabham drove a works Eagle-Chevrolet in a couple of Champ Car World Series events. He qualified in pole position at Riverside and on the front row next time out in México City.

It was the start of a Champ Car career that would span more than a decade although victory always remained elusive. He spent his first full season in Bignotti-Cotter’s March 81C-Cosworth, in the top 10 whenever the car lasted and finishing eighth in the series. His Team VDS Penske PC10-Cosworth climbed from 26th position to finish fourth in the 1983 Indianapolis 500.

Champ Car nearly man with Kraco and Galles

That year ended in Kraco Racing’s March-Cosworth and Brabham earned three podium finishes for the team during 1984 – second at both Long Beach and Portland being as close as he would come to victory. A move to Rick Galles’ organisation for the following season again included podium finishes but still no victory. He finished second again at Cleveland 1985 and Pocono and Elkhart Lake during 1987 – that latter campaign was spent developing Honda’s new Champ Car engine.

Dominating IMSA for Nissan

However, his future lay in sports cars and with the Electramotive Nissan team. Success was immediate for he dominated the IMSA GTP Championship from 1988 to 1991 during which time he twice won the Sebring 12 Hours. That 1991 title was achieved with just one race win and despite injuries sustained in a huge testing accident at Elkhart Lake. And he emerged with bruising when his tyre punctured at Road Atlanta in 1992 – his Nissan NPT-91A disintegrating at 180mph as it rolled.

Victory at Le Mans and Bathurst

He also raced at Le Mans on three occasions – retiring a Nissan in 1989 and 1990 and winning for Peugeot in 1993. That was his last major race before Brabham moved back to Australia. He twice finished as runner-up in the country’s 2-litre touring car series and he shared the winning BMW 320i with younger brother David in the 1997 Bathurst 1000 – one of two such races that year as Australian saloons temporarily split in two. Geoff Brabham retired from the sport at the start of the new millennium.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1994 Winston Cup 76th 49
1993 PPG Indycar World Series
Team Menard
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1992 IMSA Camel GT Championship
Nissan Performance Technology
1 0 1 1 0
1991 IMSA Camel GT Championship
Nissan Performance Technology
1 1 1 1 1st 0
1991 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Truesports
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1990 IMSA Camel GT Championship
Nissan Performance Technology
Electramotive Engineering
5 2 5 5 1st 0
1990 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Truesports
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1989 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Penske Racing
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1989 IMSA Camel GT Championship
Electramotive Engineering
9 4 9 9 1st 0
1988 IMSA Camel GT Championship
Electramotive Engineering
9 5 9 9 1st 0
1987 IMSA Camel GT Championship
Electramotive Engineering
1 1 1 1 0
1987 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Galles Racing
14 (1) 0 3 0
0% win rate
8th 90
1987 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Rothmans Team Schuppan
1 0 0 0 42nd 6
1986 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Galles Racing
17 0 1 0
0% win rate
12th 64
1985 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Galles Racing
15 0 1 0
0% win rate
15th 41
1984 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Kraco Racing
16 0 3 0
0% win rate
8th 87
1983 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Wysard Motor Co
Kraco Racing
Racing Team VDS
6 0 0 0
0% win rate
21st 13
1982 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Bignotti-Cotter Racing
11 0 1 0
0% win rate
8th 110
1981 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
All-American Racers
Kraco Racing
3 1 0 0
0% win rate
27th 14
1981 SCCA Can-Am Challenge
Racing Team VDS
2 0 2 2 1st 0
1980 SCCA Citicorp Can-Am Challenge
Racing Team VDS
1 0 1 1 0
1979 North American Super Vee Championship 1st -
1978 Aurora AFX British F1 Championship
Boxer Cars
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
24th 6
1978 European F3 Championship
Brabham Racing Organisation
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1977 European F3 Championship
Brabham Racing Organisation
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
23rd 2