David Brabham was one of the world’s elite sportscar racers – an outright and triple Le Mans 24 Hours class-winner, double American Le Mans Series Champion and former Formula 1 driver.
Son of triple F1 World Champion Sir Jack, David has created his own powerful legacy befitting of the Brabham name in an illustrious career spanning the highest echelons of global motorsport.
Born in England and raised in Australia, David started karting aged 17 before progressing through the single-seater ranks, winning the Formula 2 Australian Gold Star in 1987. Returning to England he won the British Formula 3 title and Macau Grand Prix in 1989.
David made his 1990 F1 debut with the Brabham team, originally founded by his father, but with the outfit struggling against better-funded rivals he was afforded a single season. Two years as test driver for the Footwork team preceded a full return to F1 four years later with Simtek which proved equally frustrating, but by then David was carving a sportscar career.
Since 1991 he has recorded an unprecedented collection of sportscar crowns including the Japanese GTC GT500 Championship, USA Professional Sportscar Championship, plus multiple race and class wins in the most demanding endurance events such as the Spa 24 Hours, Daytona 24 Hours, Sebring 12 Hours, Petit Le Mans, Bahrain GT Festival and Bathurst 1000.
Outright Le Mans 24 Hours victory with Team Peugeot in 2009 sealed a consecutive hat-trick of class wins, following double GT1 victory with Aston Martin Racing, ensuring him a place in the annals of motorsport while helping the French manufacturer end Audi’s 16-year reign of domination.
David’s domination of the American Le Mans Series secured back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010, not to mention 24 race wins, 60 class podiums and 13 pole positions in 101 race starts since 1999. He is the only Series driver to boast pole positions and wins across the LMP1, LMP2, GT1 and GT2 categories.
He has been a Global Leader in Green Racing – an initiative addressing the concerns of global warming, the environment and reducing dependence of foreign fuels and energy sources. His suggestion in 2004 that the American Le Mans Series consider an alternative fuel strategy led to the creation in 2008 of the Michelin Green X Challenge.
Working with the majority of leading manufacturers while fulfilling the rigorous requirements of sponsors, he is an expert in encouraging every team member to reach their maximum potential in pursuit of a common goal. Through his Quantum Performance Clinic, David uses his global ethos and winning mentality to motivate others, from young people to professional organisations.
David has raised in the past over £400,000 in 15 years through the Racing4Charity organisation. He also supports Humanity’s Team and was a Special Ambassador for Malaria No More UK.
David has put his illustrious driving career on hold to work on turning the iconic Brabham name into a global brand, which encompasses the brand DNA of ‘Inspiring wins through pioneering thinking’. He is in the process of bringing the iconic Brabham Racing team back to world-class competition while creating a groundbreaking new way for people to experience motorsport, using transparency as its core.