Three-time F1 world champion Sir Jack Brabham passes away

Three-time F1 world champion Sir Jack Brabham passes away

Australian motorsport legend Sir Jack Brabham has died, aged 88.

The three-time Formula One world champion had been in ill-health for some time, and is survived by his three racing sons and their families, and his wife Lady Margaret.

His career started on Australian speedway dirt tracks in the late 1940s before he headed to the United Kingdom and joined the Cooper Racing Team, with which he won the 1959 and 1960 F1 championships.

He was a founder of the Brabham racing team and race car constructor that bore his name.

Brabham remains the only F1 driver to win a championship in a car that he built himself, along with friend and fellow Australian Ron Tauranac in 1966.

Brabham (left) at Germany's Nurburgring during the 1962 Formula One season. Photo: Getty

Born in Hurstville, New South Wales, Brabham was a Royal Australian Air Force flight mechanic before his motorsport career.

In a statement, his son David Brabham said "It's a very sad day for all of us. My father passed away peacefully at home at the age of 88 this morning.

"He lived an incredible life, achieving more than anyone would ever dream of and he will continue to live on through the astounding legacy he leaves behind."

CAMS website: "Always a man of few words - his nickname 'Black Jack' referred to both his dark hair and his propensity for maintaining a shadowy silence - he avoided small talk and was undemonstrative in the extreme.

"But behind the wheel he was anything but shy and retiring. He put his head down and drove exceedingly forcefully."

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