Date: 19th May 2014 at 8:54am
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Three-time Formula One World Champion Sir Jack Brabham has died aged 88.

The Australian, who was awarded the OBE in 1967 and later knighted in 1979, won back-to-back Formula One titles in 1959 and 1960 for Cooper Racing.

The first coming after he had to push his car across the finishing line after running out of fuel on the final lap.

Brabham then achieved something that no-one had ever done before or has ever achieved since. He won the 1966 Formula One World Championship in a car he built himself.

In a statement his son David Brabham announced the news of his passing after a long struggle with liver disease.

‘He lived an incredible life, achieving more than anyone would ever dream of, He will continue to live on through the astounding legacy he leaves behind.’ Brabham said.

Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott said: ‘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.’

Vital F1’s thoughts are with wife, Lady Margaret, and sons Geoff, Gary and David and their family and friends.

Sir Jack Brabham Profile

First Race: 1955 British Grand Prix

First Win: 1959 Monaco Grand Prix

3 F1 World Championships: 1959, 1960, 1966

128 Grand Prix (126 starts)

14 wins

31 podiums

13 pole positions