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F1 mourns three-time World Champion Sir Jack Brabham
Last Updated: 19/05/14 9:50am
Three-time Formula 1 World Champion Sir Jack Brabham has died aged 88.
Brabham won back-to-back titles in 1959 and 1960 for Cooper Racing before going to complete a hat-trick of crowns in 1966.
His third championship success came in the Brabham marque – with the Australian the only man to win the title while driving a car bearing his name.
Brabham, who was awarded the OBE in 1967 and knighted in 1979, died at his home on Australian's Gold Coast after a long battle with liver disease
"It's a very sad day for all of us," said his youngest son David in a statement.
"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."
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott paid tribute to Brabham, saying: "Australia has lost a legend. With his pioneering spirit, Sir Jack Brabham personified many great Australian characteristics.
"He was respected and admired for his spirit, and for his great skill as an engineer."
During a fantastic racing career, Brabham lined up in 126 grands prix, taking pole position 13 times and winning 14 races.
He famously sealed his first Championship title in 1959 by pushing his car uphill to the finishing line after running out of fuel on the final lap at the US Grand Prix at Sebring.
He followed up that success with the title 12 months later, before going on to set up his own team with friend and fellow Australian Ron Tauranac.
A third World title followed in 1966, with Brabham recording his last race victory at the 1970 South African Grand Prix – his final season behind the wheel.
Brabham is survived by his wife, Lady Margaret and their sons Geoff, Gary and David.