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  • 19 May 2014, 8:32

F1 Legend Sir Jack Brabham Dies Aged 88

The Australian Formula One legend Sir Jack Brabham has died at the age of 88 after a long battle with liver disease.

The three-time world champion passed away early on Monday at his home on the Gold Coast, his son David Brabham confirmed 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," Mr Brabham said.

"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 won the Formula One world title in 1959 and 1960 with the Cooper Racing Team, and again in 1966 in a car of his own construction.

He was the only driver ever to win the championship in a car he had built himself.

Sir Jack had a major influence on the world of Formula One. Acclaimed as a brilliant engineer, his innovations with the Brabham team helped to shape the sport.

His partnership with engineer Ron Tauranac saw more than 500 Brabham racing cars built from the team's Surrey base in the 1960s alone.

Following his retirement in 1970 at the age of 44, he became the first person to be knighted for services to motor-sport.

In his final years he struggled with failing eyesight, problems with his kidneys and liver disease, but continued to attend races.

Sir Jack is survived by his wife Margaret, and his sons David, Geoff and Gary, and their families.

David Brabham tweeted: "Thanks for all the kind messages about my father's peaceful passing, it is appreciated by the whole family."