Australian F1 legend Sir Jack Brabham passes away

Australian F1 legend Sir Jack Brabham passes away

BrabhamJack1966BThree time Formula 1 world champion and Australian racing legend Sir Jack Brabham has died at the age of 88.

Brabham won world titles in 1959 and 1960 before going on to set up his own team. In 1966, he claimed his third world title, and remains the only person to have won a championship racing in his own car.

During his fifteen year spell in the sport, “Black Jack” claimed 14 race wins and 13 pole positions. He was the first Australian driver to win a world championship, and remains the most successful F1 driver to come from Australia.

He was knighted in 1979, and is one of the true legends in the history of the sport. Racing remained in the family, with his son David also racing in Formula 1 in the 1990s. His grandsons, Matthew and Sam, have also begun their racing careers in the last few years, and the Brabham dynasty has since been made available to the public online.

In a statement, his son, David, said: “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.”

Jack is survived by his wife, Margaret, whom he married in 1995, his sons and their families. The entire team at Richland F1 would like to send its condolences and thoughts to the Brabham family at this time. He will forever remain a legend in the history of the sport, and will be greatly missed.

Luke Smith

Luke Smith

Luke Smith is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Richland F1. Having started the website in March 2012, he has gone on to become one of the youngest members of the Formula 1 paddock after joining American broadcaster NBC Sports at the beginning of the 2013 season. Luke now works as the network's lead F1 writer, supporting the TV coverage on nbcsports.com. Luke's work has also been featured on NBC News, Yahoo! Sports, Driven Magazine and the Bahrain Mirror, and he has also appeared on CNBC's TV series "One Second in F1 Racing".