Three times Formula One World Champion Sir Jack Brabham has died at the age of 88.
The Australian motor racing legend, who won 14 grand prix, and secured 13 pole positions over a 15 year Formula One career, passed away peacefully at his Gold Coast home on Monday morning.
He was the first Australian to win a Formula One world championship in 1959, and remains the most successful driver from Australia to compete in the sport.
Brabham, who was knighted in 1979, holds the distinction of being the only man to win a drivers’ title at the wheel of a car bearing his own name, a feat he completed in 1966 as he collected his third and final drivers’ crown, to add to back-to-back titles claimed for Cooper in 1959-1960.
The Brabham team, founded by Jack in 1960, which won two constructors’ titles, as well as four drivers’ championships, continued to compete in Formula One until the early 90s, while the Brabham racing dynasty has continued to this day, with each of Jack’s three sons, Geoff, Gary and David racing in high level motorsport. Two of his grandsons, Matthew and Sam have recently started their own careers in racing.
Brabham’s son David has released a statement that reads: “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.”
Sir Jack is survived by his wife, Margaret, his three sons and their families.
I would like to extend my thoughts and condolences to the Brabham family at this time.
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