Australia’s first F1 World Champion has passed away at his Gold Coast home following a long illness.
Racing legend Sir Jack Brabham has died at the age of 88, after a long battle with liver disease.
Sir Jack, who won the Formula One world title in 1959, 1960 and 1966, passed away early this morning (Monday) at his home.
The racing legend’s son David Brabham confirmed the sad news in a statement:
“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, who continued to attend races until quite recently, won the Formula One world title in 1959 and 1960 with the Cooper Racing Team.
In 1966 the racer won in a car of his own construction, being the only driver ever to win the championship in a car he had built himself.
The F1 star was a figure of major influence in the F1 world. He was acclaimed as a brilliant engineer, with his innovations with the Brabham team helping to shape the sport.
In 1970, following his retirement at the age of 44, Sir Jack Brabham became the first person to be knighted for services to motor-sport.
Via Twitter, son David tweeted: “Thanks for all the kind messages about my father’s peaceful passing, it is appreciated by the whole family.”