Racing legend Brabham passes away

Jack Brabham

Three-time Formula 1 World Champion Jack Brabham has passed away in his native Australia, a family statement has confirmed. He was 88.

Born in Hurstville, New South Wales, 'Black Jack' clinched his first two world titles aboard a Cooper-Climax in 1959 and '60.

But it is for his achievements as an owner-driver that Brabham is best remembered. Setting up his eponymous team in 1962, he became world champion for a third time in 1966, the only man ever to claim the title in a car baring his own name. It is a feat highly unlikely to be matched.

The following year he came within just three points of winning another championship, but was narrowly beaten by team-mate Denny Hulme. He continued for three more seasons before hanging up his helmet in 1970.

Known as a brilliant engineer, his Formula 1 race wins included the 1959 Monaco Grand Prix and two victories in Britain. He also contested four Indy 500s and was knighted in 1978 for services to motorsport.

Brabham's legacy continues today. His sons Geoff, Gary and David all went in to motor racing, while a third generation of Brabhams is now on-track thanks to his grandsons Matthew and Sam.

Former F1 racer and Le Mans winner David commented: “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.”