Sir Jack Brabham dies at 88

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Australian three-time Formula One champion Jack Brabham has died at the age of 88. Brabham became legendary particularly after winning the F1 championship in his own Brabham racing car.

His son, David, confirmed that Jack died at his home on Australia's Gold Coast after a long battle with liver disease.

"It's sad news but my father had a fantastic life, achieving more than anyone would ever dream of," said David Brabham.

"He will continue to live on through the astounding legacy he leaves behind. He meant a great deal to a lot of people."

Brabham was loved in the sport, known at his time for being a fierce but fair competitor. He became World Champion in 1959 and 1960 with Cooper before starting his own team in 1962 with which he later became Champion again in 1966. To this date, he is still the only man to have won the championship in a car named to the driver.

Brabham was knighted for his services to Motorsport in 1979.