Bicester, Oxfordshire, UK - Saturday 24 March, 2018
David & Geoff Brabham Join 'Legend' Sir Jack in Australian Motorsport Hall of Fame
The Brabham family has once again been honoured for its outstanding contribution to Australian motorsport, following the induction of a second generation of Brabhams into the Australian Motorsport Hall of Fame, presented by Speedcafe.com, ahead of the 2018 Australian Grand Prix.
Joining their triple Formula 1 World Champion father in the Hall of Fame roll of honour, brothers David and Geoff Brabham accepted their accolades in recognition of their respective outstanding careers. Topping off an historic night, Sir Jack was further recognised for his profound influence on the sport, as he and five times Moto GP World Champion, Mick Doohan, became the first inductees to be elevated to a new ‘Legend’ status.
David Brabham commented: “It’s a great honour to be inducted in to the Australian Hall of Fame, where I now feel part of a very special group of highly talented drivers and riders. To be recognised by the voting committee for my own achievements is pretty special. Geoff also had an incredible career and its really cool that we could be inducted at the same time. The highlight of the evening was Jack being elevated to Legend status, which follows his induction in to the FIA Hall of Fame last December.”
Sir Jack’s latest honour comes in the 70th anniversary year of his 1948 racing debut. ‘Black Jack’ went from racing on dirt ovals, winning the New South Wales and Australian Speedcar championships, to become one of the most accomplished drivers and pioneering team owners of all time. His career achievements, which include three Drivers’ and two Constructors’ F1 titles, will never be beaten. He remains the only driver in history to win an F1 World Championship in a car bearing his name.
Leaving an indelible mark on worldwide motorsport, Jack also inspired two further family generations to create their own global success.
In a career spanning over three decades, eldest son Geoff won races and championship titles in almost every category he raced, from the 1974 Australian Formula Ford and 1975 Formula 2 championships, Formula 3 and Indy Cars, to sports and touring cars across Australia, Europe and the United States.
His outstanding achievements include the 1981 Can-Am Championship, four consecutive IMSA GTP titles (1988-1991), ten Indianapolis 500 starts amid a stellar CART Indy car career, double Sebring 12 Hours honours with Nissan (1989 and 1991), not to mention outright 24 Hours of Le Mans victory in 1993, in the Peugeot 905.
David has created his own powerful legacy befitting the Brabham name in an outstanding 30-year career spanning the highest echelons of global motorsport, from karting through single-seaters to F1 and across the sportscar spectrum. Taking his first race victory in the Australian Ford Laser Series, he went on to Formula Ford 1600 before taking the 1987 Australian Formula 2 Gold Star title. A move to England ensured the 1989 British F3 Championship and Macau Grand Prix crowns swiftly followed ahead of his 1990 Formula 1 debut.
But sportscars was to become David’s spiritual home. Widely regarded among the world’s elite, David is an outright and triple Le Mans 24 Hours class victor and double American Le Mans Series Champion. Since 1991, his unprecedented collection of multiple sportscar crowns include the Japanese GTC GT500 Championship, USA Professional Sportscar Championship, Spa 24 Hours, Daytona 24 Hours, Sebring 12 Hours, Petit Le Mans and Bahrain GT Festival. A formidable driver pairing, Geoff and David can also be credited as the only brothers to win the Bathurst 1000, for BMW Australia.
David recently revealed the start of an exciting new chapter for one of the most celebrated and evocative names in motor racing history, with the launch of Brabham Automotive, which is set to unveil its first project on Wednesday 2 May 2018. For further information visit www.brabhamautomotive.com
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