Pascal Fabre

Born:
9th January 1960 (Age 58)
Lyon, Rhone-Alpes
Nationality:
French
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Pascal Fabre’s AGS ran at the back of the Formula 1 field for most of 1987 – a slow footnote to the Grand Prix story. However, after sponsorship worries during his formative years, it was a notable achievement that he raced in F1 at all.

Early racing career

After a single season in French Formula Renault, Fabre graduated to Formula 3 in 1980 with Serge Saulnier’s Martini MK31-Toyota. Consistency and a run of podium finishes was the key as he finished as a distant runner-up behind Alain Ferté. He remained with the team and graduated to the 1981 European series, now with Alfa Romeo power, but it was the final round at Mugello before he scored a point when sixth.

Fabre joined AGS for the 1982 European Formula 2 Championship as the small French constructor expanded to run two JH19-BMWs. It was a promising season as both he and Philippe Streiff scored podium finishes – Fabre finishing third at Vallelunga. But a lack of sponsorship forced him to return to F3 and Saulnier’s Martini MK39-Alfa Romeo in 1983. His meagre funds ran dry but early-season points meant he was still 10th in the European Championship.

A winner in Formula 2 and F3000

F2’s final season before it was replaced by the new Formula 3000 was 1984 and Fabre joined PMC Motorsport. Ralt-Honda dominated but Fabre qualified his March 842-BMW on the front row at Hockenheim and inherited victory when both Ralts hit trouble. It was a timely victory for his sponsorship had run out and Fabre was again without a drive.

He made a one-off F3000 appearance in 1985 before returning with Lola Motorsport at the start of 1986. Pole position and victory in the crash-shortened opening round at Silverstone was a welcome fillip and further podium finishes at Vallelunga and Enna-Pergusa helped clinch seventh in the points.

Formula 1 with AGS

AGS embarked on its first full F1 season in 1987 and Fabre was chosen as driver of the cumbersome JH22. He made his F1 debut in Brazil and proved reliable but slow. Fabre started 11 GPs (and failed to qualify for another three) before being replaced by Roberto Moreno with two rounds to go.

With his GP ambitions over, Fabre switched to sports cars with Courage Compétition – sixth at Dijon-Prenois in 1989 being his best result. He started the Le Mans 24 Hours on 10 occasions from 1983 to 2001. His best run was on that last appearance when fifth overall and LMP675 class winner with a ROC Reynard 2KQ-Volkswagen.

Fabre has worked as an instructor in a racing school since retiring.