"Jack retained a lifelong love of engine design, construction and repair and once said that driving was the 'relaxing part' of the world of Formula One, a statement from federal Labour Party said Monday paying tribute to Brabham."
Canberra, May 19 - Jack Brabham, Australian three-time Formula One champion and an icon of world motorsport, died here Monday morning. He was 88.

In a tweet, his son David wrote: Thanks for all the kind messages about my father's peaceful passing, it is appreciated by the whole family.

Jack won back-to-back world Formula One championships in 1959 and 1960. However, his most remarkable victory came in 1966 when he won the championship in a car, BT19, that he had built himself, a sporting feat that will never be replicated, reports Xinhua.

After serving in the Australian air force during World War II, Brabham started his own engineering firm, buying and selling second-hand cars. He began racing a short time later, racing midget cars on dirt tracks. After retiring in 1970, he became the first motorsport legend to be knighted.

Jack retained a lifelong love of engine design, construction and repair and once said that driving was the 'relaxing part' of the world of Formula One, a statement from federal Labour Party said Monday paying tribute to Brabham.

He was truly the Don Bradman of the racing circuit, with a laconic modesty that predated the era of fist-pumping, it said.


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