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Go Kart Origins Part 1: David Bradham, Franck Montagny, James Courtney

by George / 21 November 2013

Some of the most famous personalities in motor sport all share one thing in common, and we know you know what it is! Finding their footing and love for speed at a young age, they honing their skills on go kart tracks before going on to make history.
In this three part series we look at 12 of the most famous drivers, their accolades and famous moments.

David Brabham, Age: 48 (Retired)

David Brabham born in Wimbledon, London on September 5th 1965 is the youngest son of three-time Formula One world champion Sir Jack Brabham and one of the most successful specialists in sport car racing.

He is known for winning three international Sports Car series and winning the Le Mans 24 Hour sports car race event in 2009.

His profession began in Australia in 1983 where he raced karts for two years and after that in 1985 he moved to the Ford Laser series.

Brabham started racing in Formula One in 1990 for the Brabham team. His first Formula One start came at the race in Monaco, but in 14 races he only managed to qualify the uncomperrive Judd-engined caw six times and because of that he wasn’t able to keep his place in the team and was replaced at the end of the season.

Afterwards he joined the Tom Walkinshaw Racing Jaguar team in 1991 and also that year he won the Spa 24 Hours.

In 1994 he returned to Formula One with the under-funded Simtek team but at the end of that year he quit Formula One and began touring car racing.

In 1998 he won the Professional Sports Car Championship on the United States with Panoz racing team and the 1999 Petit Le Mans race with the same team.

Brabham joined Sumo Power Gt for the 2011 FIA GT1 World Championship where he teamed up with Jamie Campbell-Walter and finished 10th in the championship and he won the 2009 and 2010 American Le Mans Series championship, driving for Highcroft Racing.

Team USA Scholarship: David Brabham’s Celebrity Karting Challenge
BTCC Brands Hatch 1995 :: Radisich’s and Watts’ big crash

Franck Montagny Age: 35 (Active)

Franc Montagny is a French motor racing driver who was born on January the 5th in Feurs, Loire.

He began racing karts in 1988, won the cadet class in the French Karting Championship in 1992 and the National 1 class the next year.

At the age of 16, in 1994 he won the French Renault Campus Championship and the next two years were spent in Formula Renault where he finished in foirth and sixth place before transferring to French Formula Three in 1997.

Montagny moved up to Formula 3000 in 1999 driving for the DAMS team. He had one podium finish at the Hungaroring that was his main success.

In 2003 he earned a contract as a test driver for the Renault Formula One team and also became third driver during the 2004 and 2005 seasons.

For the 2006 season he raced for the Super Aguri Formula One team and during the brake in 2006 between the British Grand Prix and the Canadian Grand Prix, Montagny participated in the Le Mans 24 Hours and finished second.

After spending 2007 as a test driver for Toyota Formula One he left the team after a test at the Ciccuit de Catalunya. On April 2008, Montagny competed in the final Champ Car World Series race and finished second and in June he drove at the 2008 24 Hours of Le Mans where he finished in the third place.

For the 2010 season he signed up to drive the Girondins de Bordeaux entry in the Superleague Formula.

Franck montagny has an accident in Alms rd7 at Road america

James Courtney Age: 33 (Active)

James Courtney is one of the people that compete in the V8 Supercar and has won various championships.

Born on 29 June 1980 in Penirith, New South Wales this Australian racing driver has won the 2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series, driving for the Dick Johnson Racing Ford team and since 2011 season he has been driving for the Holden Racing Team.

His success in racing has lead him to be a Formula One driver, where as in 1995 he was World Junior Karting Champion and in 1997 he was world Formula A Champion.

He has won a lot of championships such as the British Formula Ford Championship in 2000, in 2001 he won the his first F3 race on his F3 debut, driving for the Jaguar Junior Formula Three team and he also was a test driver for Jaguars’s Formula One team.

Because of his injury at Monza in 2002, he wan’t able to participate in some races in that year’s British Formula Three Championship but a year later in 2003 he recovered from the accident he won the All-Japan Formula Three Championship for the TOM’S team.

He is currently driving for the Holden Racing Team.

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