Brian Redman

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Brian Redman
Brian Redman 1969 kl.JPG
Born (1937-03-09) 9 March 1937 (age 79)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality United Kingdom British
Active years 1968, 19701974
Teams Cooper, Williams, Surtees, McLaren, BRM, Shadow
Entries 15 (12 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 1
Career points 8
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1968 South African Grand Prix
Last entry 1974 Monaco Grand Prix

Brian Herman Thomas Redman[1] (born 9 March 1937 in Colne, Lancashire and educated at Rossall School, Fleetwood, Lancashire),[2] is a British racing driver.

He was very successful in sportscar racing and the World Sportscar Championship, winning the 1970 Targa Florio with a Porsche 908 and the 12 Hours of Sebring twice, in 1975 with a BMW Coupé, in 1978 with a Porsche 935 and the Spa-Francorchamps 1000km race 4 times (1968–1970, 1972). He was for many years associated with the Chevron marque, founded by fellow-Lancastrian Derek Bennett.

He is currently a regular at the Monterey Historic Automobile Races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Career[edit]

Redman drove for Shadow Racing Cars both in CanAm and in Formula One. He also appeared in McLaren, Cooper and Alfa Romeo cars.

Redman driving a Ferrari 312PB at the Nürburgring in 1972
Redman driving an Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 TT 12 at the Nürburgring in 1974

He participated in 15 World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 1 January 1968. He achieved one podium in the 1968 Spanish Grand Prix, finishing third in a Cooper-BRM behind Graham Hill in a Lotus-Ford and Denny Hulme in a McLaren-Ford. He then had an accident at the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps, crashing his Cooper-BRM at Malmedy corner; he survived with a broken arm. He scored a total of 8 championship points in his career, with two 5th places in 1972, at the Monaco Grand Prix and the German Grand Prix driving a Yardley McLaren.

He was offered various other Formula One drives, but did not particularly enjoy the atmosphere of F1 even in the 1970s, preferring sports car racing. He achieved spectacular success in this category of racing, particularly in 1969 and 1970 as a Porsche works driver; in 1970 he drove a Porsche 917K and a Porsche 908/03 with former works Aston Martin racing team manager John Wyer's Gulf-sponsored team in 1970, winning a handful of races with Jo Siffert, including the gruelling Targa Florio in Sicily. The conservative Redman decided to retire from his dangerous profession, getting a job as a Volkswagen car dealership manager in South Africa in 1971. But this only lasted for 4 months, as he did not like the political atmosphere of South Africa; and he returned to his home county of Lancashire in Northern England. He didn't have a drive; although Wyer contacted Redman and offered him a drive in the Targa Florio. After being asked by Wyer to start the race (because he did not want Siffert and Pedro Rodríguez (who had an intense track rivalry) on the dangerous and demanding track at the same time), Redman crashed his and Siffert's Porsche 908/03 20 miles into the first lap and was injured. Thinking his career was finished, he then found himself signing a one-race deal to drive for Scuderia Ferrari's sportscar team at the Kyalami 9 Hours race in South Africa that year. He and Clay Regazzoni won the race, and he then received a full-time offer from Ferrari for the 1972 season. He won a number of races (most notably his fourth Spa 1000 km race) and the Ferrari team won every race in the series that year except for Le Mans, an event they did not participate in. He also raced for Ferrari in 1973, winning the Nürburgring 1000km race with Jacky Ickx.

Redman then moved to the United States and then won the SCCA/USAC Formula 5000 Championship three times in a row from 1974 to 1976 against considerable opposition, including Mario Andretti and Al Unser, driving a Jim Hall/Carl Haas entered Lola, in 1975 and the Jackie Oliver, Shadow Dodge and Alan Jones, March 76A. But in 1977 he had a serious accident in his Lola F5000 car at the Mont-Tremblant circuit near St. Jovite; it took him 9 months to recover; but he returned to racing on a spectacular note by winning the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1978 driving a Porsche 935.He even drove one of two Group 6 World Championship 936 Porsche 2.1 turbo at Le Mans and Silverstone in 1979. Later in his career he achieved more success in endurance racing, winning the 1981 IMSA GT championship. His last year of professional racing was at the age of 52, driving for the works Aston Martin team in the 1989 World Sports Prototype Championship.

Redman now lives in Florida and is very active in historic racing. He drives a Porsche 908/03 for the Collier Collection and appears at the Goodwood Festival of Speed every year.

Legacy[edit]

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 WDC Pts
1967 Lola Cars Lola T100 (F2) Ford Cosworth FVA 1.6 L4 RSA MON NED BEL FRA GBR GER
DNS
CAN ITA USA MEX NC 0
1968 Cooper Car Company Cooper T81B Maserati 10/F1 3.0 V12 RSA
Ret
19th 4
Cooper T86B BRM P142 3.0 V12 ESP
3
MON BEL
Ret
NED FRA GBR GER ITA CAN USA MEX
1970 Rob Walker Racing Team Lotus 49C Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 RSA
DNS
ESP MON BEL NED FRA NC 0
Frank Williams Racing Cars De Tomaso 505 GBR
DNS
GER
DNQ
AUT ITA CAN USA MEX
1971 Team Surtees Surtees TS7 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 RSA
7
ESP MON NED FRA GBR GER AUT ITA CAN USA NC 0
1972 Yardley Team McLaren McLaren M19A Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG RSA ESP MON
5
BEL FRA
9
GBR GER
5
AUT ITA CAN 14th 4
Marlboro BRM BRM P180 BRM P142 3.0 V12 USA
Ret
1973 Shadow Racing Team Shadow DN1 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG BRA RSA ESP BEL MON SWE FRA GBR NED GER AUT ITA CAN USA
DSQ
NC 0
1974 UOP Shadow Racing Team Shadow DN3 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG BRA RSA ESP
7
BEL
18
MON
Ret
SWE NED FRA GBR GER AUT ITA CAN USA NC 0


Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1967 United Kingdom J.W. Automotive United Kingdom Mike Salmon Ford GT40 Mk I S 5.0 220 DNF DNF
1969 Switzerland Hart Ski Racing Switzerland Jo Siffert Porsche 908/2L P 3.0 60 DNF DNF
1970 United Kingdom John Wyer Automotive Engineering Ltd. Switzerland Jo Siffert Porsche 917K S 5.0 156 DNF DNF
1973 Italy SpA Ferrari SEFAC Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 312PB S
3.0
332 DNF DNF
1976 Germany BMW Motorsport GmbH United States Peter Gregg BMW 3.0CSL Turbo Gr
5
23 DNF DNF
1978 United States Dick Barbour Racing United States John Paul Sr.
United States Dick Barbour
Porsche 935/77A IMSA+2.5 337 5th 1st
1979 Germany Essex Motorsport Porsche Belgium Jacky Ickx
Germany Jürgen Barth
Porsche 936 S
+2.0
200 DNF DNF
1980 United States Dick Barbour United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick
United States Dick Barbour
Porsche 935 K3/80 IMSA 318 5th 1st

References[edit]

  1. ^ FIA Year Book of Automobile Sport 1975. Patrick Stephens Ltd. white p. 41. ISBN 0-85059-195-3. 
  2. ^ Jenkins, Richard. "The World Championship drivers – Where are they now?". OldRacingCars.com. Retrieved 29 July 2007. 
  3. ^ "Redman, Brian – Sports Cars – 2002 | Inductees | Hall of Fame". Mshf.com. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jody Scheckter
US Formula A/F5000
Champion

1974-1976
Succeeded by
Patrick Tambay